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What is an i-Team?

Each i-Team is made up of up to seven members (PGRs and postdocs), selected to be as multi-disciplinary as possible. Every team has a dedicated industry mentor, and is also supported by Dr Faye Outram (REN Intellectual Property Officer) throughout the project.

Do I need previous business/commercial experience?

Not at all. Any PGR or postdocs from UEA, JIC, Sainsbury Laboratory, IFR and the Earlham Institute can apply to join i-Teams, whether or not you have previous commercial experience. Teams are chosen to have as broad a range of backgrounds as possible, and all your specific knowledge and experience may well prove to be useful. The main requirement is to be enthusiastic and willing to try out new approaches.

Do I need relevant technical knowledge?

No, and you don't need to be a scientist either. We specifically look for teams to be multi-disciplinary, so while one or two team members may have a background directly relevant to the technology, most of the team members will not. Our aim is to take a fresh view of the invention, to see if it can be used in applications and markets outside the researcher's own experience.

Can I use my own project?

No, projects are chosen by the i-Teams coordinator in conjunction with Intellectual Property (IP) Managers in REN at UEA and with Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Managers across the NRP. The projects will be pre-selected for their relevance and commercial potential.

Do I need to apply as part of an existing team?

No, we ask for people to apply separately. Teams are selected from individual applications, to ensure that the team members have as broad a range of backgrounds as possible.

What about Intellectual Property?

i-Teams members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. The final presentation will be vetted by an IP Manager to ensure that confidential and commercially sensitive information is not divulged at the public meeting.

i-Teams members also agree that they will not be entitled to any revenue-sharing should the project later result in successful commercialisation.

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