Knowledge transfer

In a nutshell, knowledge transfer (valorisation) means putting academic knowledge to practical use.

Climate change, disease control, sustainable energy and changing family relationships are all examples of socially relevant research topics that scientists and scholars in Utrecht focus on. Collaboration takes place on the basis of contract research and within projects and knowledge consortia. A number of researchers have also started their own business.

Specialist knowledge transfer support is offered by the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), part of Utrecht Holdings. The KTO offers support in writing knowledge utilisation paragraphs, advice on cooperation with third parties, intellectual property and can support licensing, patenting and entrepreneurship.


The faculties provide advice and support for researchers who work with businesses and social institutions to acquire government and indirectly funded projects: the Research Support Offices are the first port of call in this regard.