Section 6: Support structures

Which University areas are involved in the technology transfer process?

The tables below provide a summary of the university areas and personnel involved in the technology transfer process, and provides a list of other resources that creators may find useful.

Table 13: ANU contacts summary

ANU area Areas of expertise
ANU Legal Office General legal advice; advice on IP issues; drafting and negotiating research and commercial contracts, and commercial licenses; providing precedent legal documents.
College - Business Development Managers Some colleges have BDMs available for their staff. They can assist with client-relationship management, market analysis, developing new strategic partnerships, writing proposals and plans, and other business development needs and requirements.
College - Research Office For those colleges without BDM personnel, there are college research offices available that can be utilised for some project development functions as well as relationship management.
Innovation ANU To translate new and innovative research into commercially viable products or services. Can assist with IP review and protection, engagement, training, marketing, licensing and other commercialisation activities. Entity responsible for the review and execution of MTAs and NDAs.
Research Services Division - Research Contracts Office Review, drafting, negotiation and execution of research agreements, e.g. Collaborative Research Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements, and others.
ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA) Student rights and welfare – offers free legal advice to students.

Table 14: Useful links summary

Area Resource
ANU Policies/Procedures Intellectual Property Policy
Student Intellectual Property Procedure
IP Protection and Commercialisation Procedure
Conflict of Interest and Commitment Procedure
Innovation ANU

Invention Disclosure Form

Technology Transfer services/info

IP Australia Additional intellectual property advice/info

What funding is available to help creators commercialise inventions?

There are a number of grants and other funding options available for commercialisation activities. For instance:

  • Discovery Translation Fund: Managed by ANU Connect Ventures, the Fund sponsors proof-of-concept research from ANU, the University of Canberra and Charles Sturt University. Grants from DTF typically range from $25,000 to $50,000.
  • Innovation Connections Grant: Up to $50,000 in matched funding support is available, should creators wish to work with small to medium sized businesses to perform strategic research opportunities into new or existing markets or to identify critical research areas for improving a product, process and/or service. 
  • Accelerated Commercialisation Grant: Provides businesses (e.g. start-up or University commercialisation office) with access to expert advice and matched funding (of up to $1 million for start-ups, and $250,000 for commercialisation offices and eligible partner entities) to cover eligible commercialisation costs to help them take novel products, processes and services to market. 
  • IP Group: Has committed to invest at least $200 million, over a 10-year period (2017-2027), to fund investments in spin-out companies based on the IP developed by academics at nine Australian/New Zealand universities (of which ANU is one). The agreement with ANU is for an initial 10-year term and seeks to support the best and brightest creators to translate their findings into new and innovative ways to improve the economic and social wellbeing of Australasians. 
  • The Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MCRF): Provides dedicated investment funding to support the commercialisation of early-state medical research discoveries that originate from its member institutes (of which JCSMR is a member). The collaborative nature of the MRCF seeks to foster best practice in the commercialisation of medical inventions.

In most cases, Innovation ANU must be involved in the preparation of Expressions of Interest (EOI) as well as the full applications for these grants; so get in touch if interested in pursuing any of these funding opportunities.

What skills development opportunities are available to creators?

Innovation ANU coordinates a range of workshops and other training around commercialisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Contact Innovation ANU to find out when our next training sessions are being held, or to be added to our Skills Development Mailing List to stay up to day about upcoming training opportunities.

ANU also fosters student entrepreneurship with a range of educational programs and other innovation resources including InnovationACT, ANU Makerspace, Square One student co-working space, TechLauncher, and Master of Innovation and Professional Practice. 

Innovation ANU also runs regular drop-in sessions around campus to help answer inquiries related to: IP and the ANU IP policy, invention disclosures, commercialisation grants and other research income, the technology transfer process, training around innovation and entrepreneurship, and more.

What networks or networking opportunities are available to creators?

Innovation ANU works closely with the local innovation ecosystem, to give ANU staff and students access to additional programs and funding opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN): An open collaboration of the major contributors to the Canberra innovation ecosystem, of which ANU is a Foundation Member. CBRIN runs regular events for the innovation community, such as the ‘First Wednesday Connect’ networking events, and training for entrepreneurs.
  • Cicada Innovations: Cicada is a program-driven incubator situated in Eveleigh NSW. They work with technical founders to provide business support from ideation all the way through to incubation, leveraging the talent and capabilities of their University shareholders (ANU, UNSW, UTS and The University of Sydney).
  • GRIFFIN Accelerator: GRIFFIN is a local business accelerator program for start-ups. GRIFFIN runs a three-month intensive program, which is led by entrepreneurs who invest in, mentor and teach selected ventures in exchange for equity. 
  • Mill House Ventures: Mill House is a social enterprise accelerator designed to accelerate the business growth and impact of not-for-profit and social ventures. Mill House offers a three-month accelerator as well as other training and resources.
  • ACT Renewables Innovation Hub: Canberra’s renewables and cleantech innovation community, providing a collaborative co-working space and events for those working in the renewables sectors.

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