Modern research institutions require professional research management. The staff department and specialized management units ensure this at INP.
The management support advises the Board of Directors, the heads of the research divisions and the research priority managers in matters of research strategy and research policy. It is consulting and supporting INP researchers in the acquisition of external funding. In doing so, it informs them about new funding guidelines and is jointly responsible for the preparation of applications. In addition, the management support provides assistance in the transfer of technology and knowledge and in the implementation of large-scale projects, as well as process management.
The organizational unit is directly assigned to the Executive Board. Central, supporting units with superordinate special tasks are located here. In particular, these are the Communication Department with the tasks of public relations, internal communication and event management, the Legal and Patents Department for legal questions and patent matters, the Research Coordination Department and the Department for special tasks such as Senior Scientist or the management of major projects.
The institute's motto – FROM IDEA TO PROTOTYPE – outlines both the statutory mission to conduct application-oriented basic research and the utilization of research results. The INP carries out projects from public research funding to increase the knowledge for socially relevant topics. The results of these projects are continuously published by the institute in peer-reviewed journals, at national and international conferences and at events for the general public.
For application-relevant topics of economic interest, INP contributes his knowledge in terms of a service provider for customer solutions. These mostly bilateral industrial projects help our business partners to benefit directly from the most recent knowledge of the research at INP. As the first institute of the Leibniz Association at all, INP founded for its technology transfer its own firm: neoplas GmbH (www.neoplas.eu). It acts as a second part of the three-step model developed by the institute. According to the motto "From Prototype to Product", later pilot customers are involved in the development work, for example. If certain utilization activities have proved to be economically viable, they can lead to further spin-offs. Knowledge, which is economically exploitable and shall initially not be offered as costumer solution, could be developed up to market readiness in a new spin-off that way: "From Product to Market".
Further information regarding scientific services, equipment, methods, qualifications, technologies and patents of the INP could be found at the Leibniz Transfer Portal: www.leibniz-transfer.de (in german).