How do I apply to have an i-Team?
- Send us a message via our website
- We will arrange to meet you and discuss whether i-Teams is the right programme for your project, and what timescales suit you for running the project
- We have a rolling application process so contact us anytime! We do our best to accommodate all suitable projects into one of our programmes
Is my project suitable?
- i-Teams is a flexible methodology which can be adapted for a wide range of projects
- i-Teams generally focus on identifying and assessing real-world applications of a new innovation, but we have also worked successfully on other questions
- Our teams have a strong track record of generating new ideas for real-world uses of university inventions and in gaining relevant real-world feedback on those, including identifying detailed (often technical) requirements for those markets and industry contacts
Who can apply to have an i-Team?
- Anyone working in the University of Cambridge or an associated research institute, including staff and research students. If you are not sure, then please ask!
When does it run?
- i-Teams runs courses in Cambridge in each of the three academic terms, Michaelmas (October-December), Lent (January-March) and Easter (April-June).
How long does it last?
- i-Teams projects run for 6 weeks (Development i-Teams) or 10 weeks (Medical i-Teams and Innovation i-Teams)
How much of my time does it take?
- For the best results, we suggest regular meetings with the team (at least once every 2 weeks), plus answering email questions
Who is in an i-Team?
- Teams include up to 7 team members, selected to be as multi-disciplinary as possible. Post-graduates and post-docs from all university departments are eligible to apply. Development i-Teams also accepts undergraduates.
- Each team has a dedicated industry mentor, and are also supported by Amy Weatherup (i-Teams Programme Director) and Berk Dogan (i-Teams Deputy Director) throughout the project
When do I know if I have a team?
- All selected projects have teams recruited specifically for them
What do I get?
- Work with a team of highly-intelligent and motivated students and early-career researchers
- Benefit from the team’s expertise in a wide range of scientific disciplines and market areas
- Hands-on experience of seeing the team’s ideas develop and mature, and the reasons for them rejecting other ideas
- Final presentation (10-15 minutes) with backup materials / contact details
What about Intellectual Property?
- i-Teams students are all required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement
- Students also agree that they will not be entitled to any revenue sharing should the project result in a later successful commercialisation