Industrial collaborations

AMI ensures that its expertise, research results, and technologies are valorized, and can contribute to solving problems as well as lead to new applications. The Institute contributes to the development of novel materials-based innovations by collaborating with implementation partners along the value chain.  The professional support offered by AMI's industrial liaison and technology transfer office guarantees a clear and efficient execution of collaboration schemes. The Institute follows the "General Principles of Technology Transfer at Swiss Universities" and is aligned with the best practices of professional technology transfer between academia and industry.

Our responsible partnerships with companies are based on the following principles:

True partnership

AMI seeks true win-win situations. We believe in projects that meet the interests of AMI researchers and the needs of the industrial partner - the key to a successful partnership.  The Institute receives additional research funding to further its knowledge in a field of interest, and companies gain a competitive advantage by exploiting the findings and know-how of academics.

Furthering and sharing knowledge

The publication of relevant, high quality peer-reviewed research findings is a central role of universities. It ensures the advancement of junior academic staff, and helps position research labs in their field. Before publication, adequate time for the submission of a patent application is provided at AMI, enabling the future economic valorization of the results.

Sharing economic success

Companies build on AMI expertise and technology, developed with the support of public funding. AMI is entitled therefore to an appropriate share of revenues generated through the commercialization of the (co)-created intellectual property. This money is re-invested into research. 

Securing intellectual property

Publishing scientific results and securing intellectual property (IP) are not contradictory and AMI is well aware of the value of IP. Together with its cooperation partners, the Institute undertakes all necessary efforts to guarantee adequate protection of its research results.

Possible collaboration models

The valorization of research results is one of the Institute's key missions. We want to put our discoveries to practical use by actively promoting technology transfer and a culture of open innovation with our partners. AMI's research strategy is based on the philosophy of exploiting synergies that arise through the dual role of “early-stage research”, which allows scientists, if the topics are shrewdly selected, to advance fundamental science and generate results that are of value to industrial partners.

Industry-funded research projects
  • Application-oriented research in fields of mutual interest
  • Financing of project cost through partner
  • Company gets rights to commercially exploit IP in their field of use
  • AMI keeps IP rights outside of company field of use
  • Exclusive IP rights for company might be negotiated case-by-case
Publicly-funded R&D projects
  • Projects, where a funding organization pays the academic partner to help industry partners enhancing existing products or creating new ones
  • Committment of company to collaborate
  • Company contribution cash and/or in-kind
  • IP rights according to rules of funding organization (e. g. Innosuisse: at least a non-exclusive license to IP inside the company's field of use)
Joint research teams        
  • Strategic longterm collaboration on a field of common interest
  • Mixed teams of researchers from AMI and industry
  • Funding schemes and collaboration framework are negotiated
Short-term research mandates
  • Pre-feasibility study for company to test a concept or provide first results
  • Project is in field of AMI research interests and could potentially lead to future research collaboration
  • Study is financed by company (or funding organization, e. g. Innosuisse)
  • Results belong to company
Host for PhD thesis    
  • Supervision of industry researcher completing a PhD while in employment
  • Details based on discussions between partners
Other forms of collaboration 
  • AMI is always open to discussing other types of partnerships

 

AMI is a founding member and partner of TechTransfer Fribourg and an active member of the following Swiss and European technology transfer associations:

  • Swiss Technology Transfer Association (SwiTT)
  • Association of European Science & Technology Professionals (ASTP)