Innovation and Transfer Policies

New ideas create innovations and innovations are transformed into practical application by entrepreneurial thinking and action. For Jena as a place of research and technology, the transfer of knowledge and technologies is crucial to strengthen the regional economy.

The Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (FSU) actively promotes the transfer of its generated knowledge into innovations and practical applications in business as well as for our society. Thus, for the FSU Jena, the transfer of knowledge and technology is a strategic core task. The university has committed itself to this third mission as a full university with strong faculties of natural sciences and humanities.

Transfer and IP Strategy

The transfer of knowledge and technology aims at transfering findings and results from R&D activities to benefit society and economy. The university's transfer activities also promote the scientists' research, in particular by developing new research fields by third-party funded projects. This enables additional opportunities for cooperation and funding as well as further professional development.

The university's guidelines and strategic objectives in the area of transfer are the basis for the work of the SFT with the scientists, which are defined by the strategic transfer policies (2016, PDF, in German) and the corresponding IP strategy (2016, PDF, in German).


In applied research and when applying for funding of R&D projects, it is important to develop appropriate und persuasive exploitation strategies that are also continuously developed during the project period and beyond. We support the university's scientists from the beginning by:

  • developing exploitation strategies for project applications,
  • analysing ideas in terms of their exploitation potential,
  • evaluating the prospects of protecting ideas and inventions by appropriate IP rights,
  • evaluating the customer benefits and the market potential of ideas,
  • applying for legal property rights (patenting),
  • searching for exploitation partners,
  • supporting the exploitation of R&D results by licensing and assignment of IP rights to industry partners
  • supporting spin-off projects.

If you have any questions concerning research transfer, please contact  Dr. Oliver Pänke.