Welcome to Innovation through Knowledge Transfer!
InnovationKT (Innovation through Knowledge Transfer) is an initiative to promote and raise the profile of knowledge transfer and innovation, and provide publication opportunities for all those involved in the discipline.
We define knowledge transfer as the means by which expertise, knowledge, skills and capabilities are transferred from the knowledge-base (for example, a university or college, a research centre or a research technology organisation) to those in need of that knowledge (for example a company, social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation).
Hence, knowledge transfer involves the interface between universities and business, and involves the commercialisation of skills and expertise possessed by higher education. The purpose of knowledge transfer is to catalyse and facilitate innovation.
Examples of knowledge transfer mechanisms and paradigms include, but are not limited to:-
- The UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) product
- Spin-out companies
- Incubators and entrepreneur schemes
- University-industry contracts and consultancy
- Licensing of university-originated intellectual property
- Other modes of knowledge transfer and technology transfer, e.g. work-based learning projects
- The knowledge transfer, knowledge origination and knowledge exchange process
- Innovation, open innovation and the generation of new ideas