Market-Focused Research Workshop Series

The Queen’s Market-Focused Research Workshop Series is a two-day program covering topics such as market/technology assessments, design thinking, intellectual property, effective communication, and commercialization strategies to support your research, research partnerships, and commercialization/startup formation activities.

The Spring 2021 series will be held May 7 and May 14, 2021

The program is designed for graduate students (including those in professional programs such as Law or Medicine), post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members conducting research in fields in which knowledge mobilization or commercialization of the research outcome is likely or who have a startup idea.

Participants can expect to:

  • Learn how to conduct searches using patent databases and primary/secondary market research to broaden literature review
  • Learn about and use design thinking to incorporate information received from primary market research into research/commercialization plans
  • Understand types and importance of intellectual property (utility patents, industrial design patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets) as well as considerations in agreements/contracts used when interacting or collaborating with industry
  • Learn about patentable subject matter, novelty, non-obviousness, utility, impact of prior publications/public use, and inventorship
  • Implement effective strategies for communicating technical subject matter to non-technical audiences including how to pitch a technology and/or startup and how to address questions during pitch sessions
  • Understand commercialization activities needed to advance a technology from the lab to the market
  • Participate in breakout sessions and complete assignments to further your commercialization project

 For more detailed information, please see the Market-Focused Research Workshop Series PDF (PDF, 192 KB)


How to apply

Applications open on April 16, 2021, and close on May 7, 2021.

Fill in the online application for the Market-Focused Research Workshop Series.