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Now available: The Tech Transfer-Economic Development Connection


By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2018

The Tech Transfer-Economic Development Connection: Strategies for Creating Jobs and Economic Growth through University Innovation is a 45-page resource that’s chock-full of creative strategies for bolstering your university’s economic development engine.

You’ll discover proven success strategies for integrating and partnering with local and regional economic agencies, plus learn how to measure and demonstrate the economic impact of your innovation efforts. The new report is packed with in-depth strategies and case studies designed to help your university’s research and tech transfer teams bolster economic impact and promote those efforts to key stakeholders.

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Expert pushes for public-private research investment in U.S. farm bill


By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2018

In an opinion piece published in politics publication The Hill, Caroline Kitchens, federal affairs manager for the R Street Institute, makes an impassioned plea for retaining a public-private research program to win reauthorization in the 2018 “farm bill” now being debated in the U.S. Congress. continue reading »

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Cornell U inks research agreement with alpha-Encorp around battery technology


By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2018

Cornell University has sign a cooperative research agreement with cleantech company alpha-Encorp to develop materials for next-generation lithium-based batteries. The research will be conducted at the Baker Laboratory under the direction of Héctor D. Abruña, a renowned electrochemist. continue reading »

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2018 NACRO Conference coming to Atlanta July 24-26


By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2018

NACRO is holding its annual conference in Atlanta July 24-26. The meeting will feature a network of corporate relations colleagues dedicated to providing members with professional development opportunities and best practices. Conference sessions will be aimed at further enabling industry and academia to develop and advance comprehensive, mutually beneficial relationships, and establish common language and metrics for peer comparison. continue reading »

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Kansas State’s strategies bring 80% increase in industry-funded research


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Over the last five years, Kansas State University has seen an 80% increase in its number of industry-funded research projects. Under its stated vision to become a Top-50 public research university by 2025, K-State has implemented an array of initiatives to achieve this objective, and a big part of that has been focused on building strategic partnerships with industry.

K-State cites several strategies and keys to its success in attracting more corporate research funding — offering flexibility with Master Research Agreements, training faculty through “Working with Industry Boot Camps” and tailored workshops, making industry-focused changes and enhancements to its website, and hosting Research Showcase events.

Thanks to these targeted efforts and outreach programs, Kansas State now operates as an effective matchmaker between university faculty and industry professionals, and the school’s research leaders shared their experiences and what they view as the critical elements used to grow their industry-sponsored research portfolio.

In 2015, K-State had just seven master research agreements in place, but that number has skyrocketed to more than 40 active agreements, including deals with major corporations like Deere & Company and Compass Minerals. Like other Master Research Agreements, KState’s provide standard terms for all specific projects with an industry sponsor, expediting individual projects as they are identified and minimizing time spent on negotiation — a major benefit for corporations that generally like to move much more quickly than the slow contracting wheels allow at most universities.

But K-State goes beyond the typical inducements with its unique approach to their MRAs, using an expandable and customizable MRA template, which includes contract terms that address the different considerations for multiple types of research collaborations. By identifying which type of task order is appropriate for the proposed work and the terms associated with issues such as intellectual property, publishing, confidentiality, and material transfers, the template allows for customization with relative ease.

“Our template helps Kansas State University maintain public trust while also offering flexibility to industry,” says Paul Lowe, associate vice president for research and director of pre-award services.

By employing a Master Agreement template option, K-State is able to reduce the amount of time and effort required to begin the collaboration process in earnest. Available on the university website, the template serves as an effective starting point, often requiring little or no negotiation of the standard agreement terms.

A detailed article on Kansas State’s successful partnering initiatives appears in the June issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management. To subscribe and access the full article, along with the publication’s entire archive of best practices and success strategies for building industry engagement and research partnerships, CLICK HERE.

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Bosch launches AI center at CMU, invests $8M in university research


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

German technology company Bosch is establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University and investing $8 million over five years in research at the school, the company announced. The AI center is Bosch’s fourth worldwide and second in the U.S. continue reading »

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Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Almost every early-stage innovation or start-up project formed within a university system experiences a lack of cash at one point or another. This funding gap — aka The Valley of Death — can derail the development of your IP or start-up to the point of starvation and failure. And while the traditional methods of funding such as angel investments and loans remain available, they may be hard to secure and require the business to incur debt or equity dilution that it may not be able to sustain.

At the University of Colorado at Boulder, there is a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship afoot that has required some outside-the-box thinking to ensure student and faculty projects are given every chance to succeed. By way of microfunds, internal grants, proof of concept, and pre-seed funds — just to name a few of school’s many funding initiatives — CU Boulder is helping its faculty and student entrepreneurs survive the Valley of Death, where far too many end up largely because they couldn’t secure the dollars and other resources needed to gain traction and outside investment.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured a team of presenters from CU Boulder to present this detailed, case study webinar: Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death.

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RMIT University forms research collaboration to produce aircraft parts with laser metal deposition technology


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Australia’s RMIT University has formed a research collaboration focused on using laser metal deposition technology to repair steel and titanium aircraft parts – a 3D printing process that is   expected to cut the cost of maintenance and spare part purchasing, scrap metal management, warehousing, and shipping costs in defense and aerospace markets. continue reading »

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Purdue professor partners with Facebook to develop new way of communicating


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

A Purdue University professor – working with funding from Facebook and with MIT researchers — has developed a system that could make it possible for everyone to receive voice, text or email messages without having to pick-up or even look at their cell phones or computers. The technology could be a big advance particularly for vision- and hearing-impaired individuals. continue reading »

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Ben-Gurion University inks cyber security partnership with Royal Bank of Canada


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel, announced a $2 million investment from RBC into research at BGU’s Cyber-Security Research Center. The funding will support the development of adversarial artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning-based cyber mitigation techniques. continue reading »

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International Collaborations and IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

To help universities tap into the growing international opportunities for sponsored research deals — while also ensuring key issues surrounding IP and other contract terms are appropriately addressed — Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has created International Collaborations and IP Protection, an exclusive collection containing over 3 hours of expert advice, immediately implementable takeaways, and cost-saving solutions on this critical topic.

Here’s what’s included in this high-value collection:

  • Session One: Best Practices for Safeguarding University IP When Structuring Deals in China
  • Session Two: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection
  • Session Three: Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications

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Manchester U’s new graphene research center draws first industry partners


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Manchester University’s recently completed £60M Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has landed its first three industry partnerships, and officials there expect many more to come. continue reading »

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