Outcomes and Impacts

Commercialisation and consultancy

The university's long standing commitment to innovation is reflected in an environment at UCD which encourages the translation of creative research ideas into solutions addressing needs of the economy and of society.

UCD Research and Innovation is dedicated to supporting innovation throughout the university. We do this by supporting the UCD research community to:

  • Identify valuable research results and implement protection strategies
  • Explore commercialisation opportunities through licensing and spin-out company formation, development and growth
  • Develop productive collaborations with industry.

The members of the Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development teams based at NovaUCD draw on their network of patent agents, legal experts, industry and business leaders and investors, to support UCD researchers to identify, protect and commercially exploit their research outputs. They also provide a series of business support programmes for research entrepreneurs who are establishing, developing and growing UCD spin-out companies.


ConsultUCD - working with you

Consultancy is a key mechanism by which the university can transfer knowledge. This knowledge is applied by the organisation and put to work for the public good. Providing specialist opinions, advising on technical issues and helping to solve problems contributes to the growth of the economy and improves society generally.  The provision of consultancy is recognised as one of the university's impact activities and supports UCD's strategy.

ConsultUCD has been set up specifically to provide a complete support service to UCD staff who wish to work as consultants.

This support leaves you free to focus on the most important things: sharing your expertise and building your relationship with the client.

ConsultUCD works with all disciplines and offers support for all projects, regardless of value or duration. If you have questions you may find the answer on the FAQ page or contact Elizabeth Nolan (elizabeth.nolan@ucd.ie).


Self-Service Supports

  • UCD Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures
  • The intellectual property guide will assist you in understanding intellectual property (IP) and how it is protected.
  • A disclosure form should be completed if you have evidence of a discovery that potentially may have a commercial application(s) either through licensing or through the creation of a start-up company UCD Invention Disclosure Form (IDF) Form.
  • UCD Innovation runs a Commercialisation Bootcamp to help equip researchers with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the commercialisation process.
  • VentureLaunch is UCD's exciting accelerator programme, held at NovaUCD, to support the creation and launch of sustainable and profitable new ventures based on UCD intellectual property.
  • UCD Library provides support on carrying out a Patent search.

Local Supports

Some of the larger Research Centres and Institutes in UCD have specific Business Development Managers, who may assist you with the commercialisation process after you have initially contacted the Technology Transfer Team in NovaUCD. Contact your local Centre or Institute administration, for further details.

Central Supports

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The NovaUCD Technology Transfer team in UCD Research and Innovation is responsible for the implementation of UCD's policies relating to the commercialisation of Intellectual Property (IP) and for the management of the intellectual property portfolio arising from UCD's research programmes. The team has sector specific expertise that can support the development of your concept from identification through to commercialisation. Specific activities of the Technology Transfer team include:

  • Support for researchers with regard to IP considerations for funded research projects.
  • Preparing research contracts, non-disclosure and material transfer agreements.
  • Assisting researchers in identifying intellectual property and completion of invention disclosure forms.
  • Performing due diligence on completed invention disclosure forms.
  • Searching patent databases in association with researchers.
  • Developing strategies for protection of intellectual property.
  • Preparing patent filings in association with patent agents.
  • Developing and implementing commercialisation strategies to exploit UCD IP.
  • Sourcing of licensees and marketing of inventions.
  • Drafting and negotiating licence agreements.
  • Preparation for and launching of new companies (Start-ups) to exploit market opportunities.
  • Meeting contractual obligations including the timely reporting of newly discovered intellectual property to the relevant state agencies.

Explore Commercialisation

If you require further information or support contact a member of the Technology Transfer Team

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An introduction to standards and patents, and key online tools to find them.

Patents Guide

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ConsultUCD is a new professional and commercially focused service for University College Dublin academic and wider staff communities.