Technology Transfer Achievement Overview

To achieve RTTP status candidates must demonstrate that they have been active in knowledge transfer between the research base and business and community organizations i.e. between a research organization/ university and an independent private sector organization, government agency or other community body.  This is achieved by submitting an Achievement Overview.  This is an approx 1000 word (English language)  overview of a technology or knowledge transfer outcome to which you personally played a leading role and which your direct supervisor has attested to with his or her signature.

As a Route I or Route II applicant, you must submit an Achievement Overview.  

Types of Project/ Contribution

Example achievements include but are not limited to:

  • A significant third party collaboration, the negotiation of which you played a leading role and negotiated, and that had substantial impact
  • A complex and significant commercial deal on which you were the lead negotiator (e.g. licensing, substantial consultancy arrangement(s), strategic partnership etc.)
  • The creation of a spin-out company which you actively led through its pre-investment phase and that that subsequently raised external funding
  • Projects in which you played a lead role and would not have happened without your input which led to a significant technology transfer/ knowledge transfer/ knowledge exchange outcome

Items to Include:

The Achievement Overview should include the background on the project and the ‘impact’ you had on the outcome. As part of the submission we also require supporting information from your direct supervisor to confirm what you describe.

The overview should be in sufficient detail for the Panel to accurately assess the complexity of your achievement and your role in managing the project. For example, a good Achievement Overview would describe those parts of the project lifecycle in which you took the lead, such as:

a. How you sourced the opportunity.

b. What you did to package and protect the opportunity.

c. Your role in defining the market and business strategy and/ or the marketing cycle.

d. How partners, investors and collaborators were found, informed of the opportunity and persuaded to engage with it/ adopt it.

e. The negotiation – your role in leading, structuring and dealing with complex issues.

f.  The outcome – the fruits of your efforts in terms of great new products, investment, new income to university, profits to the partner, impacts on society.

Alternatively, you might describe your role in an initiative that had a significant impact on facilitating greater commercialization or partnership development. In this case you would describe the specific elements of the initiative that you led, such as:

Your role in:

a. Conceiving and shaping the design of the initiative.
b. Writing the proposal and securing the funding.
c. Setting up the initiative – including any institutional issues that had to be overcome.
d. Project managing and responsibility for delivery and reporting of the initiative.
e. Ensuring impact – by follow up and reporting on outcomes, successes.

The Impact of Your contribution

The essential point in the Achievement Overview is to identify the value that you personally added through the project – clearly differentiating activity from outcome. Therefore the case needs to have matured sufficiently to demonstrate whether value has indeed been added by the candidate.

We are looking for external validation of the success of a project.  The only real way to prove that is through investment by a company, venture fund or other external partner; generation of new customers and revenues; or a documented change in society. Investment by the university, a captive incubator or a public Proof of Concept fund does not in itself provide sufficient market validation. For example, forming a company using internal funds is insufficient to demonstrate external validation.

Confidentiality

ATTP Review Panelists are bound by confidentiality; however, we generally do not need to know the confidential elements of a deal. Should the ATTP panel desire to publish information about your case, we will seek permission formally before doing so.

Common reasons resubmission of an Achievement Overview is requested:

The applicant’s role in the case was unclear – we couldn’t tell what they were specifically responsible for and which parts of the activity they had led

The account does not reflect the complexity of the case – it is listed as a series of events that follow each other almost mechanistically with no sense of the role that the applicant played in resolving complex issues that arose along the way

The applicant chose to describe a number of cases – giving very little detail of each

The case described lacked sufficient complexity or impact

The overview is not written in English.

The Review Panel comprises highly experienced Knowledge and Technology Transfer professionals with first-hand experience in a wide diversity of cases and experience managing a variety of functions. They are seeking evidence that the applicant has been able to apply what they have learned to a sufficiently challenging case of significance.