The CERN Knowledge Transfer fund is a tool to bridge the gap between research and industry. Through a competitive process, it selects innovative projects based on a CERN technology with high potential for impact in another field than high-energy physics, with potential for positive impact on society. Established in 2011, the fund is supported through revenues from commercial agreements concludes by CERN's Knowledge Transfer group.

The selection committee meets once to twice a year. Please send your proposals at any time, pending on the proposals we receive, we may reschedule the meeting in the coming months.

Please note that the next meeting will take place on: Thursday 24 June 2021, 13:30 to 17:30.

Application deadline: Monday 17 May 2021.

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2021 KT Fund application deadline:
Monday 17 May

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Current CERN employees can apply.
The selection committee is composed of CERN's department heads or their representatives, as well as members of the CERN Knowledge Transfer group.
Between 2011 and 2018, 44 projects were funded, with each project receiving 15-220kCHF. Projects usually last from 1 to 4 years.
The grants can fund material or students and fellows related to the knowledge transfer project.
The CERN Knowledge Transfer fund is primarily funded by the revenue that the CERN Knowledge Transfer group is receiving from the commercialization of CERN technology and services. 
In order to be considered for funding, projects should meet the following conditions:
  • The project proposal must be approved by the Department Head;
  • The salary cost of staff members involved in the project is covered by the Department;
  • The project is based on a CERN technology;
  • The Intellectual Property (IP) required to execute the project is owned or co-owned by CERN and there is no conflict over the IP required to execute the project.
The CERN Knowledge Transfer fund is primarily funded by the revenue that the CERN Knowledge Transfer group is receiving from the commercialization of CERN technology and services. 
Since the CERN Knowledge Transfer fund aims to fund projects that would not happen otherwise, it is not a substitute to CERN funding for R&D projects related to high-energy physics.
If you have any questions, please contact the KT group at: KT-Fund@cern.ch

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Mario di Castro develops innovative robots with the support of the KT fund.
Marco Silari developed detectors for safety and medicine thanks to the KT fund.