PreScouter For Academics
Take the first step to becoming recognized as a technologist with commercially applicable insights, skills and connections.
Aspire to make a greater impact
Some of the sharpest minds in the world join academia with the hopes of making an impact in the world. At a minimum, they hope to advance their field, but they also aspire to make breakthroughs that improve lives and society. Yet the gap between academia and industry means that academics are often locked away in “ivory towers.” The output of academic research is targeted to those in the academic community and not in terms that are suited for industry. Academics are often unaware how work in their field can be applied to real-world problems, and how sometimes only subtle changes could lead to a real commercial opportunity.
Industry experience leads to great impact
Those that are charged with translating academic research for industry – such as university technology transfer offices – typically number six to twelve people in an ocean of university researchers. They have limited bandwidth for pushing academic ideas out to companies that may be interested in them. Stuck in university research labs, most academics have little opportunity to interact with corporations. They have limited opportunity to gain commercial insights, acquire industry experience or build relationships that may be valuable to their career.
PreScouter’s Global Scholars Program
The PreScouter Scholars Program is a world-class opportunity for PhD candidates and postgraduates, selected through a competitive application process, to develop their skills and ideas, competencies, and capabilities in commercializing university technologies. PreScouter’s scholarship program provides participants with several benefits:
- Help world-changing technologies reach the real world. PreScouter Scholars help society and the world by identifying and promoting life-changing inventions that, when commercialized, could positively impact the quality of life of people around the world.
- Acquire industry experience. Scholars work closely with corporations, typically on industry problems closely related to the scholar’s own work. From this experience, scholars learn the difference between academic and industrial research.
- Broaden your impact in academia. CHI Research has found that academics who work with corporations gain over twice the number of citations for the papers they publish, versus those that do not. Scholars also gain perspectives that could impact how they think about their own research.
- Build connections with corporations. Through the projects scholars work on for corporations, scholars build relationships with leaders in industry. These relationships can last beyond the scholar’s work with PreScouter, providing opportunities throughout the scholar’s future career.
- Strengthen your resume. Selection to participate in the PreScouter Scholar’s program, particularly at the advanced levels of the program, is done through a rigorous process of vetting and demonstrated capability. Scholars are becoming widely acknowledged across industry as future leaders of their respective industries.