Industry Collaborations

Working with industry can give academic research extra momentum, in addition to opening the avenues for increased resources and relevance.

Technologies developed under contract

The University of Vienna has many research partnerships with companies operating in a diverse range of scientific fields, resulting in a transfer of:

  • know-how
  • scientific results
  • inventions

Through these collaborations the University makes a contribution to the economy and secures valuable financial investment to support its own research.

The Technology Transfer Office helps to safeguard the University´s rights and interests when research contracts are being negotiated with commercial entities.

Confidentiality Agreements

Universities are repositories of vast amounts of unpublished information, some of which has commercial or strategic value. Revealing such confidential information to third parties such as other research institutions or companies can be problematic if it leads to misappropriation and abuse of that information. Among other things, uncontrolled exchange of confidential information can jeopardize later patent filings. The best protection is to set up a short written agreement between the parties, laying out the rules in respect of confidential information to be exchanged. Such an agreement is termed a CDA (Confidential Disclosure Agreement) or NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement), The TTO can prepare CDAs upon request, and is responsible for handling the review and processing of incoming CDAs received from outside parties. Signature of CDAs lies within the remit of the University rectorate, with delegation of powers to the head of the Research Service Unit.

As each instance is taken on a case-by-case basis, please contact the Tech Transfer Office ( where we can help and assist you with correct documentation.


Most commonly, the University makes technology available to companies through exclusive or non-exclusive licensing of its intellectual property and/or know-how. The licensee is granted the rights to use the technology in return for appropriate remuneration. The terms and conditions of each licence agreement are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

The Technology Transfer Office is responsible for negotiating and drafting technology licence agreements on behalf of the University. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.