Collaborative R&D:academia, tax, ip & incentives          G-J van Rooyen  Software Engineering Colloquium           24 May...
The case for R&D partnershipsShort- or medium term access to domainspecialists collaborating on your R&DdfIncentives for c...
The PitfallsIP management (Stephan)Project managementTech transferNature of deliverables (“best effort”)Well briefly touch...
Identifying opportunitiesGood R&D collaboration opportunities betweenindustry and academia include:  Business need for app...
Lets Make a DealDeal directly with specialist collaboratorIndustry and academia: different drivers  Understand what both p...
Love in the Time of IPRAIntellectual Property Rights from Publicly FinancedResearch and Development Act, No. 51 of 2008Don...
Enjoy your THRIPTechnology and Human Resources for Industry ProgrammeDesigned to help industry access expertise atresearch...
Pravin Giveth: S11d rebateSection 11d of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (amended)100% rebate for R&D activities   Can be su...
Making it workTech transfer tricky to manage  Reports and theses poor vehicles  Tech transfer offices are there to help  G...
ConclusionCollaboration with a university can addextremely valuable depth to your R&DCosts can scale from nothing (“intere...
Thank You G-J van Rooyen gvrooyen@sun.ac.za    @gvrooyen sun.ac.za/medialab
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R&D partnerships between industry and academia can be of great benefit to both parties, but setting up an effective collaboration agreement can be tricky. This talk looks at some of the pitfalls, funding sources and tax incentives.

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Collaborative R&D

  1. 1. Collaborative R&D:academia, tax, ip & incentives G-J van Rooyen Software Engineering Colloquium 24 May 2012
  2. 2. The case for R&D partnershipsShort- or medium term access to domainspecialists collaborating on your R&DdfIncentives for collaborationTHRIP, S11d rebateIdeal space for development of prototypes orproofs of conceptGrow your own talent pool
  3. 3. The PitfallsIP management (Stephan)Project managementTech transferNature of deliverables (“best effort”)Well briefly touch on waysto minimise these risks
  4. 4. Identifying opportunitiesGood R&D collaboration opportunities betweenindustry and academia include: Business need for applied research on non- critical-path technology Exploratory R&D Domain expert required Long-term recruitment
  5. 5. Lets Make a DealDeal directly with specialist collaboratorIndustry and academia: different drivers Understand what both parties want from collaborationInterest is free; focus might not beMore about understanding “worlds apart”: http://slideshare.net/gvrooyen/joining-worlds-apart
  6. 6. Love in the Time of IPRAIntellectual Property Rights from Publicly FinancedResearch and Development Act, No. 51 of 2008Dont let it spoil the loveLimits IP rights when state funds were (also)used to create intellectual propertyCan be managed (e.g. “full cost”)Primary deal risk
  7. 7. Enjoy your THRIPTechnology and Human Resources for Industry ProgrammeDesigned to help industry access expertise atresearch institutionsGovernment fully or (usually) partially matchescontribution by industry partnerCan it marry with full-cost model?http://thrip.nrf.ac.za
  8. 8. Pravin Giveth: S11d rebateSection 11d of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (amended)100% rebate for R&D activities Can be supersized to 150%Narrow innovation-driven definition of R&DCompliance needs to be “baked in” into collaboration agreementSuccessful use unknown
  9. 9. Making it workTech transfer tricky to manage Reports and theses poor vehicles Tech transfer offices are there to help Graduate brains transfer tech extremely wellGraduate recruitment tricky to manage Can be extremely valuable screening and recruitment process, if relationships are built over timePrototyping vs. product dev
  10. 10. ConclusionCollaboration with a university can addextremely valuable depth to your R&DCosts can scale from nothing (“interest”) tomoderate (“focus”) to full (“assignment”)Can greatly assist with talent acquisition(substantial issue for software companies)Do get in touch!
  11. 11. Thank You G-J van Rooyen gvrooyen@sun.ac.za @gvrooyen sun.ac.za/medialab

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