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Industry-Sponsored Research Management, September 2018

Industry-Sponsored Research Management, September 2018The following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2018 issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management monthly newsletter. 

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Industry-Sponsored Research Management
Vol. 2, No. 9, September 2018

  • Corporate tiering strategies allow schools to focus engagement resources. There are just too many corporations out there for university departments charged with forming partnerships to cover them all — especially with limited resources. Many leaders agree that corporate tiering — a strategy for prioritizing companies that should be primary targets — is an extremely effective way to sharpen your focus.
  • New IP policy at Missouri S&T leads to increase in industry research. As many universities have discovered in the last 10 years, companies are getting more sophisticated — and demanding — about intellectual property (IP) when crafting research partnerships with universities. Like many schools, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), the long held policy was that companies sponsored the research, the university owned the IP, and then the university licensed it back to the sponsor. But a policy change in 2013 added another new option.
  • Take a structured approach to recruiting alumni as corporate ‘liaisons.’ “The answer to anything when I’m meeting with corporations is ‘Yes, I can help you with that,’ said Eileen Murphy, PhD, senior director of corporate and foundation relations with Rutgers University Foundation, speaking to an audience of NACRO members at their annual meeting in July. And if the question is ‘can universities engage alumni in industry engagement,’ the answer is an even more resounding ‘yes.’
  • UC-Irvine, diagnostics firm form “unique” relationship in new collaboration. Press releases about new and different discoveries or strategies often contain the word “unique,” and those accustomed to reading them learn to take the claim with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, representatives of the University of California-Irvine and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, Inc., make a good case that the relationship they have established is distinctly different from other corporate/university collaborations.
  • NJ launches one-stop web portal to showcase research, attract industry partners. The home to some of the nation’s best-known research universities, the state of New Jersey recently launched a collaborative web portal showcasing its faculty and their innovations in a bid to attract more industry partnerships and create new momentum for research-driven economic development in the state.

Posted September 13th, 2018