Like any other universities world-wide, the Copperbelt University (CBU) has identified Research, Innovation, Consultancy and Entrepreneurship as cornerstone for national, regional, and international economic development. In its quest to make a contribution towards the knowledge based and innovation-driven economy, technology transfer and commercialization of the research products, the CBU established the DRIC on Wednesday, 13th December, 2016. In order to strengthen the commercialization of its research products, the university under DRIC also established a Technology Management Office (TMO) to help it translate its research outputs into inventions and innovations. This is consistent with the mission of the University. The mission statement is: “to contribute to the development and sustenance of the wellbeing of the people of Zambia and the world through the provision of flexible, innovative, entrepreneurial, and inclusive programmes of teaching, learning, research and service”. The TMO set up in December 2016 has the following functions: manage Intellectual Property (IP) assets; evaluate the commercial potential of an invention; determine patentability of research output; undertake patent search and completing applications for patents output; protect commercial development of inventions and creations; process and safeguard relevant IP agreements; and negotiate and manage licenses.
The DRIC oversees the TMO and through School Research Coordinators, it monitors and manages all university research programmes and activities. In addition, the DRIC also formulates policies relating to research, publications, IP and Plagiarism.