How to get research funding from industry?

JUNO Workshop

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Postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors of all research areas




2 days


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In many countries, research funding is increasingly difficult to secure, particularly from government sources. More and more researchers are finding that applied research for companies working in related fields is a great way to maintain a significant research effort. This has the added benefit of bringing in some private sector exposure for students who plan industry careers.

Private sector funding overview

  • The benefits of private sector funding
  • What companies are open to working with academia?
  • How is industry R&D different than academic research?

Corporate finance basics

  • How does money flow around products and companies?
  • Return on Investment: How does a company decide if they should pursue your project?

Patent vs. publication

  • How to address this conflict of interest when setting up the collaboration

Project planning and execution in Industry

  • Project management basics
  • Critical elements of an industry project

Managing a team working on industry funded projects

  • Four ways industry is different than academic research
  • Five habits industry managers look for in their technical teams

Making successful connections with Industry

  • How to connect with people who need your help
  • Talking about your research to the private sector
  • The pitch- how to sell your value



Dr. David Giltner has commercialized photonics technologies for optical communications, remote sensing, scientific instrumentation, and industrial combustion monitoring applications. He is from the United States and has a PhD in Physics. In 2010 he published ‘Turning Science into Things People Need,’ which explored the careers of 10 scientists who have built successful careers in the private sector. In 2017 he founded TurningScience to help scientists learn the non-technical skills they need to transition effectively into industry careers.

Dr. Philipp Gramlich has studied and researched chemistry at various universities in Germany, Australia and Scotland. After experiences in industry at baseclick and Eurofins Genomics, he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers. He focuses on career- and skill-development for natural scientists.

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