CERN Knowledge Transfer fund - Overview

The CERN Knowledge Transfer fund bridges the gap between research and industry, so that society can benefit.

What is the CERN Knowledge Transfer fund?

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. In 2020, the first meeting of the year, that was scheduled on Tuesday 21st April, got cancelled because of the COVID-19 situation. 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 meeting on Friday 2nd October, 13:30 to 17:30 is still scheduled - the deadline for application is 24th August.

The application and selection procedure is described in detail here.


What is it not?

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.

Who can apply?

Current CERN employees can apply.

Who is on the selection committee?

The selection committee is composed of CERN's department heads or their representatives, as well as members of the CERN Knowledge Transfer group.

What is the value and timescale of the grants?

Between 2011 and 2018, 44 projects were funded, with each project receiving 15-220kCHF. Projects usually last from 1 to 4 years.

What can the grant fund?

The grants can fund material or students and fellows related to the knowledge transfer project.

Where do the funds for the CERN Knowledge Transfer fund projects come from?

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. 

What conditions should my proposed project meet?

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.

What is the application and selection procedure?

The procedure is described in detail here.

What projects have already been funded?

The most recent projects funded by the CERN Knowledge Transfer fund can be browsed here.

I still have a question, who can I ask?

If you have any questions, please contact the KT group at: