Technology transfer courses

UGent TechTransfer & IOF online info session

Bringing research to life with advice and funding from UGent TechTransfer and IOF

Curious about what the Industrial Research Fund (IOF) and UGent TechTransfer can do for you as a researcher? Are you looking for funding to further test and develop your innovative idea? Not sure who you can turn to for advice on protecting your research? Do you want some more insight in possible valorisation paths for your research? Or do you want to gain inspiration based on projects and spin-offs that predecessors in your domain have started?

Then, take part in one of our online information sessions (in English). The following topics will be covered in one hour (afterwards there is time for Q&A):

  • Valorising your research, what are the possibilities?
  • Funding from Ghent University via IOF project calls to valorize research (from 50K to 650K euros).
  • Information about existing courses and initiatives at Ghent University regarding valorisation (often free for Ghent University employees).
  • Support from the IOF business developers and UGent TechTransfer and your direct point of contact: legal advice, IP protection of research results,...

In order to be able to give specific examples, linked to the research of the participants, we offer 3 information sessions. These have the same core, but the examples are tailored to the specific disciplines and backgrounds of the researchers:

  • Tuesday, October 12: Exact & Applied Sciences;
  • Tuesday, October 19: Biomedical & Medical Sciences;
  • Tuesday, October 26: Social Sciences & Humanities.

Yes, I would like to register for this UGent TechTransfer & IOF online info session

Introduction to Technology Transfer Skills

Interactive course on commercializing research results


Acquire knowledge and skills to valorise research results. 

  • AUGent researchers: how to valorize your research results? (main objective)
  • TT professionals: introduction to technology transfer practices (side objective*)

Target audience

  • Researchers with at least 3 years of research experience from all faculties (alpha, beta, gamma) of the Ghent University association;
  • Technology Transfer professionals, valorization officers new in the field (IOF, TT, IDC…)*

*Due to limited capacity, priority will be given to AUGent researchers. Alternative for TT-professionals: Train-the-trainer sessions, see:


The course consists of of five modules of two consecutive days throughout the academic year. You have to register separately for each module.

  • Orientation session with a general introduction to funding, contracts, intellectual property rights and valorisation 
  • Funding: which grant is appropriate for which valorisation project (IOF, VLAIO, FWO, EU)?
  • Contracts: what are the consequences for your research results?
  • Protection: patents and other intellectual property rights 
  • Business development: how do you create a business/spin-off from research results? 

The course is taught in English and is very interactive, with presentations, group exercises and testimonials. The sessions will only take place if the training can be brought live. 

Course dates & topics

  •  28-29 September 2021: General introduction to knowledge transfer skills. Module 1 is meant as a teaser of the different aspects of “TechTransfer”, each of these aspects will be treated in a more extensive way in one of the next modules. 
    Topics: Funding, contracts, IPR and valorization.
  • 16-17 November 2021: How to find the right funding for your valorization project

    Topics: Funding (IOF-VLAIO-FWO-EU) & writing the valorization part of your proposal

    DAY 1

    Introduction TechTransfer - IOF-funding with exercises

    EU-funding with exercises

    DAY 2

    Flemish funding programs: VLAIO and FWO with exercises

    Integrated exercise: which funding fits your valorization project?

    Download here the detailed program of this second session on funding.
  • 26-27 January 2022: contracting and negotiation

    Topics: Soft IPR, contracts from CDA to a license agreement, negotiation exercise

  • 23-24 March 2022: Valorisation strategies

    Topics: What is valorization/impact, business canvas model, social enterprises

  • 8-9 June 2022: Business development

    Topics: Patents, spin-offs and how to make a business 

Participation fee per module

There is no participation fee, but we ask your full commitment during the full session (2 consecutive days). 


iGent Tower, first floor, Meeting Room 1.2 Maxwell and 1.1 Helmholtz, Technologiepark 126, Zwijnaarde (physical presence required)


The number of participants is limited to 15 people. Because of the of limited capacity, your commitment to participate for 2 full days (same person) is required. There are fixed places and face masks are mandatory when not seated. In case of a lockdown the course will be cancelled. There will be no online alternative. 


The registrations of the second session of this course on 16 & 17 November are now open. The number of participants is limited!

More information

Yes, I would like to register for the second module of the Technology Transfer Skills Course on 16 & 17 November 2021

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