Exploitation of research results and collaborative research

EPSRC expects those it funds to maximise the impact of their research for the benefit of the UK, and is justly proud of the very significant contribution that results from research via many pathways, including (but not limited to) the efficient recognition, protection and exploitation of intellectual property. Collaboration in EPSRC-funded research by private sector organisations is particularly important in this regard.

EPSRC expects that research organisations will make appropriate use of the provisions available in the legislation to guard against inappropriate release of research data which might damage the collaborative research process, and work against the national interests of the UK, In this regard, EPSRC views the use of appropriate confidentiality agreements and publication plans as essential elements of research management strategy.