Three months ago KiwiNet inked a commercialisation agreement with Texas' A&M University system and it's continuing its international roll, confirming a cooperation with Australia's national science agency.
KiwiNet says trans-Tasman collaboration on innovation research and technology transfer is set to increase thanks to the deal with CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
The memorandum of understanding will see them regularly exchange project and research information in a wide range of areas from precision agriculture to high-tech manufacturing to cleantech.
KiwiNet and CSIRO will also access each other’s specialist expertise and capabilities, as well as industry and investor networks.
KiwiNet and CSIRO will initially exchange project portfolio information four times a year to identify collaboration opportunities. Internships and staff exchanges between the two organisations are also likely.
CSIRO is the single largest employer of scientists in Australia, with more than 6,500 people conducting and assisting with scientific research in Australia and around the world.
KiwiNet's core organisations are Plant & Food Research, Otago Innovation Ltd, Lincoln University, AUT Enterprises, AgResearch, University of Canterbury, Industrial Research Ltd, Viclink and WaikatoLink with 6,300 research staff, 127 commercialisation staff and a research spend of over $500 million.
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