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

If you are planning on carrying out research or consulting work with another research institution or company it is a very good idea to have an Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA, also known as a Confidential Disclosure Agreement, CDA) in place.

This document means that any information exchanged between the parties remains confidential; a critical point if any inventive subjects are to be discussed. Additionally this allows the parties to talk more freely than without such an agreement in place.

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.