Radboud Innovation Science (RIS) aims to increase the impact of research at the Faculty of Science. RIS supports researchers in consortium projects, strategic collaborations, and optimising results through patent and licensing advice, in close cooperation with Radboud Innovation.
Radboud Innovation Science
Funding and deadlines
The Radboud Innovation Science department keeps track of all possible grants for the Faculty of Science on a monthly basis. The overview can be found below. Do you have questions about grants? Then please contact the staff member appropriate to the institute where you work.
What can Radboud Innovation Science do for you?
RIS supports researchers in setting up and carrying out consortium projects with both public and private partners, and helps at the end of the project to achieve optimal use of the results. Next to that, RIS advises on patent applications, licences and spinoff creation. RIS works closely together with the central valorisation department, Radboud Innovation.
There are many grants for consortium projects at both regional, national and international level. Think of EFRO, NWO ORC, NWO Gravitation, EU Horizon Europe, TTW Open, TTW Perspective, Interreg, MSCA ITN, FET OPEN, FET PROACTIVE, H2020 Societal Challenges, ERC Synergy, COST, EIT, IMI. We are always ready to answer questions about these grants. For more information about different grant programmes, workshops, and training courses and useful tools, also see the Grant Support intranet page.
Start a grant application?
As soon as you, as a coordinator, want to start an application for one of these grants, you can contact the Knowledge Transfer Officer in your field. The Radboud Innovation Science department will then put together a team of a Knowledge Transfer Officer and a project coordinator to support the application.
- Knowledge transfer officer tasks: forming a consortium, impact / utilisation section, and in some cases organising a test interview
- Project coordinator tasks: application process; contracts; portal; partner communication; documents; management section; budgets; communication towards grant provider
In the first consultation, we discuss exactly which support is required and establish the planning for the application. It is possible to add more members to the team, such as a colleague from Radboud Innovation or an advisor of on of the interfaculty initiatives, if this is needed.
When a grant has been awarded to a consortium project, in which a scientist of the Faculty of Science is in the lead, Radboud Innovation Science takes care of the project coordination. Think of contracts, organising meetings, partner communication, communication with the funding agency, project website, uploading deliverables, making payments and writing reports. The coordinator's specific tasks are discussed with the project leader. The project coordinator is assigned to the project on the basis of availability.
As a scientist in fundamental research, it is not always easy to paint a clear picture of the future applications. However, we are more and more expected to present clear ideas about the innovation pathway. By working together with external partners, the first steps in the right direction can be taken. The Radboud Innovation Science department organizes events and meetings to establish these contacts and helps to set up a well-balanced consortium. We will also remain involved during the project to monitor the results and to think about the steps that can be taken towards the next Technology Readiness Level (TRL). From a follow-up project with the consortium or strategic cooperation with a company or institute, to applying for a patent, concluding a license agreement or setting up a spin-off company.
The Faculty of Science builds the foundations for innovation, from dike management to satellite instrumentation. New knowledge is continuously being generated, which could have commercial applications in the future. That is why it is essential to properly manage the Intellectual Property (IP) of research projects. The Radboud Innovation Science department gives advice on IP during the application phase of projects, and is always available for questions during the project and beyond. Together with Radboud Innovation (central department) we also support with patent applications and licenses.
The Faculty of Science stimulates entrepreneurship among students and researchers. We are proud that every year our students and scientists start two to three spinoffs that convert knowledge from the faculty into an application. The Radboud Innovation Science department is involved in setting up these companies and maintains these contacts for future cooperation.
Advice novice entrepreneurs
Are you a student, researcher, or lecturer at the Faculty of Science with a business idea? Radboud Innovation Science can help you sharpen the idea and put you in touch with the right people for financing, lab / office space or business coaching.
Pre-incubator Heyendaal Campus
For business courses and startup programmes, we collaborate with pre-incubator Mercator Launch, an initiative by Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Hogeschool voor Arnhem and Nijmegen. In addition to workshops and events, they also offer personal guidance in the first phase of your entrepreneurship.
Radboud Innovation Science is the valorisation unit of the Faculty of Science. We are the point of contact for external parties who want to cooperate in research or make use of our facilities.
Our faculty works closely together with external partners to realize the entire spectrum from fundamental research to innovation. Depending on the project, this takes place in a one-to-one setting or in a consortium. In some cases, this also leads to long-term strategic cooperation.
Co-development and contract research
High-quality research requires state-of-the-art research facilities. The Faculty of Science has a large collection of analytical equipment, specialist facilities and large-scale infrastructure. Companies have access to these facilities through Radboud Research Facilities.
Interested in collaboration? Please contact Antoine Wellink.