IP for Research webinars and sponsored events 2021-2022

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Do your researchers know…

How to use intellectual property (IP) to support research? Create greater impact through understanding and using IP? And how to develop IP knowledge to support a research career?

Expressions of interest are invited from universities and research institutions to host a webinar or take part in a small pilot programme of sponsored events in early 2022. These events are for doctoral and early career researchers and those connected to the research community to develop their knowledge, understanding and confidence in applying IP to their research projects. Please note all events in this programme will be delivered online, we do not expect to deliver any events in person. 

Expressions of interest to host a webinar or sponsored event should be submitted using the online form here. 

The window for applications has been extended to 1700 GMT on 10 December, for review and decisions by 17 December.

"As we emerge from the pandemic, innovation to tackle complex global challenges has never been more important. It is British innovation, powered by cutting edge research, development and implementation from our research community that enabled the UK’s rapid development, production, and deployment of the UK’s Covid response. Now, the pivotal work of researchers and business from all disciplines is essential for social and economic recovery. It has never been more important to look to the future and ensure we use the intellectual property system to effectively recognise and understand our IP and associated rights to address these global challenges we face, maximise impact and capture the opportunities of tomorrow.                                                                                                                                              In July this year, the UK government launched the Innovation Strategy, with a core aim to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035. We want the whole IP environment, from the legal and policy framework, to the level of IP knowledge and the use of that knowledge to create and support, incentives to be creative and innovative. At the Intellectual Property Office, we have a commitment to expand our IP education programme for researchers and PhD students to ensure that real opportunity can continue to be realised through the application of IP.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our training this academic year, delivered by Vitae, builds upon our IP for Research training already attended by nearly 2,200 PhD students and early-career researchers across the UK since 2018. We recognise that it is vital to support researchers’ knowledge, understanding and translation of IP to ensure that it continues to be understood, accessed and utilised to support innovation and enterprise.” Guy Robinson, Divisional Director, Innovation Directorate, Intellectual Property Office.

Please consider the following information when applying to host a webinar:

Vitae and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will provide:

  • An expert facilitator to deliver the webinar
  • A Vitae host to manage the online platform
  • Supporting materials and content
  • Marketing materials and information to support publicity for the event
  • Evaluation surveys before and after the webinar
  • The online platform (Zoom Pro)

We ask the institution to provide:

  • A commitment of at least 30 attendees at the webinar, taking place on an agreed date between January and March 2022
  • Promotion of the webinar within the institution(s) to ensure maximum impact
  • Involvement of the Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) to collaborate with Vitae to tailor and deliver content adapted to the institution’s needs
  • A process for managing the registration of participants and weekly provision of registration figures to Vitae
  • An undertaking that participants complete the pre-event survey as part of the application process
  • Timely distribution of the event joining instructions and post event survey to participants
  • To facilitate and encourage the participants to complete the 3-month impact survey sent to the Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) 3 months after the event to understand the actions they have taken following their attendance

Institutions are welcome to submit a joint application with other institutions, particularly if this will enable them to reach the minimum attendance numbers; in which case we would expect input from each institution regarding their approach to IP. Vitae and the IPO are happy to provide support to institutions without an established Technology Transfer Office or equivalent to assist them in preparing a short (10-15 mins) session on this if needed.

The IPO and Vitae will not charge the institution fees for providing the events. All costs incurred in running the events must be covered by the hosting institution.

What you can expect:

This programme has been developed to increase the Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge and skills of doctoral and early career researchers. These free webinars will support:

  • Researchers to understand IP and the role it plays in supporting their research goals
  • Researchers to make educated decisions on the use and commercialisation of IP developed within their institution
  • Researchers to engage with their TTO (or equivalent) at appropriate times within their research
  • Those supporting researchers to update their knowledge on IP and to advise their researchers on how best to interact with them on IP

Draft outline agenda for webinars:

The content of each webinar will be tailored to the institution’s specific policies and case studies, and to the audience’s disciplines. The basic content will include:

  • Introduction to IP, the IPO and why IP is important
  • A discussion of IP Rights (copyright, patents, design and trade marks)
  • The institution’s approach to IP, the role of the Technology Transfer office (or equivalent), and their support for research projects
  • Guest speaker(s) from the institution sharing their own IP experience, if possible

We will also be running six live lectures for anyone not able to attend a hosted event. Three of these will take place in early January 2022 and three in late February. Individual researchers can register for the January live lectures now via the Vitae website. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive more information on the February events.

 

To participate in a sponsored event:

The IPO wish to sponsor five institutions (£1,000 each) to develop and deliver their own IP training to PhD and early career researchers by 31 March 2022.  This will be an opportunity to build IP capability within the institution, and for the IPO to learn more about the needs of institutions to assist in developing future support.  This will involve the commitment by both parties outlined below. Please register your interest using the form below.

The IPO will provide:

  • An expert to work with the institution to understand and identify resources and materials to support IP training within the institution
  • Supporting materials and content
  • Marketing materials and information to support publicity for the event
  • Evaluation surveys before and after the webinar

We ask the host institution to provide:

  • A key contact within the institution
  • A commitment of at least 20 attendees per training event
  • Promotion of the event within the institution(s) to ensure maximum impact
  • Involvement of the Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) to collaborate, tailor and deliver content adapted to the institution’s needs
  • A process for managing the registration of participants and weekly provision of registration figures to the IPO
  • An undertaking that participants complete the pre and post event survey to be shared with the IPO to understand impact
  • Feedback to the IPO to identify good practice in delivering IP training and additional tools and resources needed to support institutions
  • Input into IPO-developed resources that will be made available to the research community in 2022.

Expressions of interest to host a webinar or sponsored event should be submitted using the online form here.