Everything you don´t learn in the lab

How to get research funding from industry

Topic area
(Self-) management

Online or in-house workshop

4 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2 workshop days

Philipp Gramlich or David Giltner

Target group
Postdocs and junior group leaders


Adding research funding from the private sector is a lucrative option many researchers do not pursue. One of the biggest reasons this option is overlooked is a lack of understanding of how companies function and how an academic researcher might bridge cultural differences to make valuable connections. This workshop provides practical advice on identifying and building beneficial private-sector research collaborations.


In this course you´ll learn about:


Private-sector funding overview

  • What makes a successful collaboration?
  • Balancing basic and applied research


Academia vs. industry

  • How does one navigate the cultural differences?
  • Where can you bring unique value to the private sector?


Collaboration models and intellectual property

  • Patent vs. Publication
  • Who will do what and who will own what?


How do companies operate?

  • Industry project management basics
  • Return on Investment: How does a company decide what projects to pursue?


Your industry funding plan

  • Define your relevant research group strength
  • Identify a suitable target to pursue
  • Build a specific plan for taking action


Making connections in industry

  • Who should you contact?
  • Where can you meet them?
  • How do you communicate your value effectively?

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course. 


Already interested in the workshop content? You might like our full article How to get research funding from industry (Chemistry World) or the shorter career column from Nachrichten aus der Chemie: Research funding from industry

Course Flow Online Workshops

Day 1

Live Webinar

  • ‘Cultural’ differences academia vs. industry
  • How do companies operate?


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 2

Live Webinar

  • Collaborations and intellectual property


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 3

Live Webinar

  • Making connections


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 4

Live Webinar

  • Your own industry funding plan


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Weeks 2-3

Individual written or oral feedback from the instructor


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