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Transferring knowledge from the research base


Within a modern, knowledge driven economy, knowledge transfer is about transferring good ideas, research results and skills between universities, other research organisations, business and the wider community to enable innovative new products and services to be developed

What is Knowledge transfer?

knowledge transferOur mission is to make the most of the UK investment in science, engineering and technology. Our aim is to promote the transfer of knowledge generated and held in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Public Sector Research Establishments (PSREs) to the wider economy to enhance economic growth.

Why is it important?

In parallel with the governments increasing investments in science, there needs to be an effective two way link between research and the market to ensure that good research becomes good business. The UK's long term competitiveness demands increased productivity, invention and innovation and exploitation of the science and engineering base plays a vital role in supporting BIS's role of driving up productivity. Knowledge transfer also generates a return on the investment of public funds in the science research base. It also enables HEI's.

Making the most of UK Research

A publication has been produced highlighting examples of knowledge transfer from the research base: Making the most of UK research. These case studies show some of the benefits the UK has gained from its investment in basic research and how the economy as a whole benefits from researchers engaging with business to create innovative products and services.

Technology and innovation Centres

The Government is establishing a network of elite Technology and innovation centres (TICs) to help commercialise the outputs of Britain's  world-class research base.