Commercialisation & Innovation

The commercialisation of university research has been identified as a strategic priority by government, economic development agencies and higher education institutions as a route to increasing economic competitiveness. There are a number of commercialisation and technology transfer routes including spin-out companies, start-up companies, technology licensing to existing companies, contract research and consultancy services. BiGGAR Economics has worked with both economic development agencies and universities in developing and assessing commercialisation activities.


PROJECTS
  • evaluation of Heriot Watt University’s Converge, a knowledge exchange programme that has enabled the University to develop an approach to industry engagement considered to be a model of best practice;
  • evaluation of the Changing Age for Business project, an initiative designed to help businesses take advantage of the opportunities presented by the ageing population by encouraging engagement with Newcastle University’s internationally excellent programme of ageing research;
  • evaluation of the Frameworks NW programme, which was designed to provide support to companies and other organisations in the north west of England to maximise successful applications for funding to the European Union’s Framework Programme and to the UK’s Technology Strategy Board;
  • evaluation of the North East’s Collaborative Innovation Partnerships (CIPs) which aim to effect knowledge transfer of regional university/college research and knowledge strengths into the region’s business base, particularly to SMEs;
  • evaluation of the NW Innovation Vouchers programme which encourages business-knowledge provider interaction by awarding vouchers to businesses to be used to commission work from a university, college or private sector knowledge provider;
  • evaluation of Motivating Merseyside Business to Innovate, an ERDF and NWDA funded brokering initiative pairing SMEs in Merseyside with company mentors or academic teams who worked with them to help them to become more innovative;
  • a review of Technology Ventures Scotland (TVS) the forum that aims to provide high level policy input through its engagement with the public, private and academics sectors;
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