University-Industry Engagement Week

NC Collaboratory launches program to foster industry-academia partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: November 15th, 2022

The North Carolina Collaboratory, based at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has launched a new Business-Academia Partnership Program and has awarded 11 grants to kick things off.

Designed to help address the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in the state, the grants are aimed at strengthening partnerships between businesses and academic research groups to transform applied research and innovation into technological solutions for the benefit of public health and the state’s economy.

Recipients include faculty from across the UNC System and their partners in start-up, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The grants will last for up to three years and tackle a variety of issues, from targeted drug development and personal protective equipment manufacturing methods to homeownership disparities exacerbated by the pandemic.

“This program is a new direction for the Collaboratory that opens opportunities for companies to forge relationships with the academic community. The more partnerships we have working together for North Carolina communities, the more impact we can have statewide,” said Collaboratory Executive Director Jeff Warren

Companies partnering with universities in the program include Kimberly-Clark, SAS Institute,  Inc., and a host of biopharma companies.

To date, the NC Collaboratory has supported more than 300 projects across all institutions within the UNC system, about half of which are focused on COVID-19 related research.

Source: The North Carolina Collaboratory

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