The Transfer Centre has three spheres of activity. First, the Transfer Centre is to intensify and project the knowledge transfer activities beyond the disciplines, faculties and University. In particular, for knowledge transfer it has the following remit:
- lend support to chairs and institutes when initiating and coordinating research and development projects. At the initiation stage, this includes fundamental advice (first-level support) in legal matters, particularly concerning R&D contracts, patents and licensing. If research funding is to be applied for or research contracts concluded, e.g. in the form of a research and development agreement, the Research Services section of the University's Central Administration will assist the respective chairs and institutes.
- ensure exploitation of hitherto unused knowledge transfer potential across all disciplines by identifying ("scouting" for) particularly transfer-relevant research and matching them with potential users and transfer-related support schemes; the Transfer Centre is to provide support in the formation of internal and external consortia.
- communicate current topics from business and society to the chairs and institutes.
- pool all transfer-related activities within the University of Passau and communicating them to the public.
In terms of business start-up support, the Transfer Centre is to provide consultancy and assistance to members of the University who are interested in establishing a company – students, lecturers, research fellows and professors. In addition, it is to further encourage spin-outs from all faculties; measures include Entrepreneurial Education, a Business Start-up Café, the 5 Euro Business Plan competition, and the development of a start-up network involving regional and national institutions related to entrepreneurship.
Finally, the Transfer Centre will concentrate existing continuing education activities directed at an external target group and provide support and coordination when establishing additional marketable continuing education programmes in collaboration with suitable external education providers.