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Knowledge transfer

Utrecht University researchers collaborate closely with businesses, social institutions and research organisations. These collaborative initiatives are conducive to innovation, economic development and solutions for social issues – a process referred to as knowledge transfer.

The collaborative activities are carried out on the basis of contract research, individual projects and knowledge consortia. Various researchers have also started up their own companies. Climate change, the prevention of disease, sustainable energy and changing family structures are all examples of socially relevant research conducted by Utrecht University (often in collaboration with other parties).

Advice and support for researchers seeking to cooperate with the business sector

The faculties assist researchers collaborating with businesses and civil society organisations in their efforts to acquire indirect government funding and contract research funding. The faculty Grant Offices  serve as the main point of contact for researchers. Specialised support can then be provided by the Utrecht Valorisation Center.

Advice and support for companies and organisations

UtrechtInc. advises and supports start-up companies within and outside the university, and is one of the Netherlands' largest business incubators.

Further information

Dr. Marjolein Toebes, Knowledge transfer consultant,