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Science and technological transfer

Transfer activities at Bielefeld University are the responsibility of the following facilities:

  1. Department for Research Administration and Technology Transfer(FFT)
  2. Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungs- und Technologietransfers in der Universität Bielefeld e.V.
    (GFT - in German)
    [Society for Research and Technology Transfer at Bielefeld University]
  3. Institut für Innovationstransfer an der Universität Bielefeld
    (IIT -in German)

    [Institute for Innovation Transfer at Bielefeld University]
  4. Coordination Center for University Continuing Education
    (KWW - in German)

The Universitätsbeauftragte für Transfer [University Transfer Officer] is Vice President Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf.

The Department for Research Administration and Technology Transfer FFT provides counselling and support on issues related to employees' inventions and their property protection rights (in German). It is also the central advisory service for drawing up and concluding contracts.

Bielefeld University is participating in a network project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that aims to build up a professional structure for registering and exploiting patents for inventions generated by the higher education institutions of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). For more information, contact the Department for Research Administration and Technology Transfer FFT.

Two years ago, Bielefeld University recognized the need not only to gather the facts on how many businesses are started up at the University but also to document the interest in starting up businesses, the potentials, and what sort of advice academics expect on this. Therefore, it launched a study focusing on an intensive analysis of the various aspects of the topic of self-employment and entrepreneurship.
...for more information...(in German).

The series of workshops on Patente Gründungen aus Hochschulen [Registering patents for inventions made at higher education institutes] is being organized by the Patent Offensive Westfalen Ruhr (POWeR). It brings together universities in Bielefeld, Dortmund, Münster, and Paderborn. The various courses ranging from the development of feasible business ideas up to the drawing up of a viable business plan offer the opportunity to get to know the various aspects of starting up a business.
...for more information...(in German)

You can find the principles and regulations covering sponsoring (in German) and advertising (in German) in the University documents.

You can find information on the transfer conditions in NRW in NRW-Wissenstransfer [NRW Knowledge Transfer](in German), the portal for the region's higher education institutes and research centres.




The mission of the PROVendis GmbH is to exploit the market potential of the inventions made at NRW's higher education institutions. At present, German higher education institutions register only four per cent of all patents per year. To some extent, this is due to the complexity and expense of patent registration procedures. This is where PROVendis steps in with practical counselling and support.


Promoting new businesses: The GründerSchule of the Bielefeld and Herford Sparkassen

The GründerSchule of the Bielefeld and Herford Sparkassen [savings banks] commenced on 19 February 2010. It is designed to help all students and graduates who are thinking about starting up their own business, taking over a company, or entering a company partnership.