Consistent with its original mandate, the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), is undertaking a major new effort to engage with industry, startups and national laboratories – by opening an Innovation Space for them in the institute’s headquarters building on the UCSD campus. Select partners will be invited to lease space and locate their personnel within the Qualcomm Institute (QI) Innovation Space, offering more proximate opportunities to enable joint research projects between the private and public sector and the campus research community.

The QI Innovation Space is not a comprehensive incubator program, nor does it establish new mechanisms for technology transfer. Instead, this new environment will enable incubation and accelerate collaborative technology creation and transfer. For example, a regional or thematic national incubator could lease offices in the Innovation Space, and locate one or more of its startups that engage with UC San Diego faculty or students, or utilize campus specialized facilities. This space will also help foster collaborative creation of intellectual property (IP) involving University of California (UC) and non-UC personnel – thereby extending the prevailing base of engagement built on IP entirely generated by UC personnel and licensed to other parties.

While we hope to work closely with industry partners, the Innovation Space also aims to attract national laboratories, including those managed by the University of California, such as Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley, many of whose employees are governed by their own separate employment agreements. The labs have expressed interest in locating personnel in Atkinson Hall to enable and accelerate research partnerships with the campus, but they could also take advantage of proximity to startups and industry tenants to enable tech transfer directly from a national lab to the private sector.

Formally, UC San Diego would sign lease agreements with the external parties, giving them work space on the 2nd floor of Atkinson Hall.

There are two broad target populations that we wish to engage:

  • 1. Government Agencies, National Labs, Established Companies; and
  • 2. Startups and Programs to Stimulate Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Transfer.

The QI Innovation Space foresees hosting other organizations that are seeking to enhance the ecosystem in San Diego for new technologies and new companies. Venture-capital funds such as UCSD’s Triton Fund, incubators such as EvoNexus, and organizations such as CONNECT and BIOCOM may find it useful to maintain an office or workspace in the QI Innovation Space to serve campus personnel involved in startups, or to liaise more closely with the campus.

There are general rules applicable to organizations that lease square footage in the QI Innovation Space. Among these rules: Type of space will include office and/or workspace. Any space specifically leased to the entity would be treated as that entity’s space. Entities that lease space in QI Innovation Space will enjoy access to shared-use facilities in the Qualcomm Institute, to be provided via prevailing or newly-created recharge service agreements in accordance with faculty and administrative oversight. They will be assessed external user rates.

Length of occupancy will be 1- to 2-year terms, renewable as long as collaborations are active.

Note: Startups may initially be eligible to lease space for up to 12 months, which may be extended by one additional year for a maximum occupancy of 2 years. No startup may reside in the Innovation Space beyond the 2-year maximum. Space will be allocated via a Selection Process (see Selection Process).