Collaborate with the University
You can access the expertise of the University through collaboration projects and licensing.
The University has professional support to guarantee a clear and efficient execution of collaboration schemes.
The University follows the "General Principles of Technology Transfer at Swiss Universities" for its collaborations.
1 - Collaborations are based on partnership
The collaboration must meet the needs of the industrial partner and be of scientific interest for the researchers.
2 - Protection of intellectual property
The University strives, together with the collaboration partners, to obtain adequate protection for research results.
3 - Freedom of publication
The publication of scientifically-relevantresearch results is important for the advancement of academic staff and ensures the positioning of the University. Before publication, adequate time for the protection of intellectual property can be provided.
4 - Sharing economic success
Possible collaboration models
Industry-funded research projects
- Application-oriented research in fields of mutual interest
- Priority right to file patent applications for a company with exclusive rights in a field of use. UNIFR keeps IP rights outside of the company's field of use.
- Publications: right to publish within reasonable deadlines
- Financing of project cost through partner. Costs include all the direct laboratory costs (salaries, consumables, travel, etc.) + 20% overhead
Publicly-funded R&D projects (Innosuisse)
- Projects, where a funding organization pays the academic partner to help industry partners enhance existing products or create new ones
- Commitment of company to collaborate
- Company contribution in cash and/or in-kind
- IP conditions: priority right to file patent applications for a company with exclusive rights in a field of use.
- Publications: rights to publish within reasonable deadlines
Joint research teams
- Strategic longterm collaboration on a field of common interest
- Mixed teams of researchers from UNIFR and industry
- Funding schemes and collaboration framework are negotiated
Short-term research mandates (Innochecks)
- Pre-feasibility study for a company to test a concept or provide first results
- Study is financed by company (or funding organization, e. g. Innosuisse)
- Results belong to company