Actor-oriented transfer incentives in research institutions (TRANSENTIVE)

"Systematic, holistic incentives for a practice of innovation culture at research institutions"

Background:  Lack of incentives for knowledge and technology transfer in public research

In addition to research and education, transfer and utilization activities are core objectives of public research institutions. Such activities justify the allocation of public tax resources and aim to ensure that research results are broadly shared with society and result in economically promising implementations. However, there is often a lack of incentives within the research structure itself, or the existing incentives contradict each other or lead nowhere. As a result, the transfer of one's own knowledge or of a particular technology is perceived as a burden rather than an enrichment of one's daily work. The result is an incomplete exploitation of the transfer potential of public research.

Project description: Systematic incentives for behavioral change

In order to embed transfer and innovation activities as an essential part of the organizational culture, a shift in behavior is needed among employees and managers in public research institutions. A systematic, holistic understanding of customized incentives can help increase transfer and utilization activities and establish a practice of innovation culture in public research institutions in the medium to long term. The team behind Transentive is testing incentive instruments for this purpose, comparing their effectiveness and developing new impulses for incentive systems.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project partners

Fraunhofer IIS

Fraunhofer IISB

Project duration

April 2022 – March 2025