BU is committed to getting our researchers’ ideas, technology, and work into the hands of the people they can benefit. The University’s Industry Engagement and Technology Development offices are here to help, whether that means facilitating industry meetings, creating intellectual property (e.g., patent, copyright) to protect your idea, completing license agreements, or providing guidance for a plan that meets your objective.

Explore the information below or reach out.

Choose Your Path to Impact

The Technology Development and Industry Engagement teams can help you bring your ideas to the people, industries, and markets you wish to benefit. Read about the paths below to learn more about your options, and begin thinking about which path best fits your objective and life constraints.

Fundamental Research

Industry-Sponsored Research


Start a Company

None of these pathways seem to fit? We believe new frontiers require new paths. Reach out.

Resources, Services, Tools

If you’ve been here before and know exactly what you’re looking for, you may be ready to skip ahead to one of our commonly accessed resources and tools:

Applying for a Patent

Business 101 for Faculty

Building a Network

Confidentiality Agreement

Customer Discovery

Developing a Strategy

Ignition Awards

Intellectual Property Primer

Material Transfer Agreement

Technology Disclosure

Toolkit for Women Innovators