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University Innovation Alliance gets grant to re-engineer college-to-career pathway


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

The University Innovation Alliance – a national coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of U.S. college graduates – has received a $2.4 grant from non-profit Strada Education Network to redesign the college-to-career pathway. continue reading »

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

When it comes to matters of regulatory compliance in research, there is no room for error. Fortunately, strong education and airtight monitoring systems can prevent the damaging consequences of non-compliance that can result in a black mark on your university’s reputation – as well as its future research funding.

That’s why we’ve created the Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance distance learning collection. The collection consists of three distance learning programs, complete with all original program materials, filled with expert compliance guidance related to the Bayh-Dole Act, reporting guidelines for iEdison, and SBIR/STTR funding regulations.

You’ll receive the recorded programs in three formats — DVD, On-Demand Video, and PDF Transcript — so you can listen and share them with staff at your convenience in whatever format you choose. It’s a great addition to your training library you can use over and over again.

The three programs included are:

  • Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency
  • Maintaining Compliance with iEdison: A Practical Guide for Universities
  • Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

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U of Hull to collaborate with industry to deliver £48B offshore wind sector deal


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

A new Sector Deal from the UK government will enable major renewable energy companies to invest up to £48B over the next 10 years to grow offshore wind energy being produced in the UK from 7.9GW today to at least 30GW by 2030. continue reading »

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Cisco launches intent-based networking center at Curtin University


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

Cisco has teamed up with Curtin University in Perth, Australia to launch a research center focused on networking technology. Funded from Cisco’s $61 million digital acceleration investment, the Centre for Intent-Based Networking will see a team of researchers develop new applications for use by Cisco’s customers and partners. continue reading »

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Research with NJ database adds Montclair State University


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

Montclair State University has now been integrated into the “Research with NJ” online database, joining the New Jersey’s five other research universities — New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, and the Stevens Institute of Technology. continue reading »

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Intel signs research partnership with Maynooth University


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

Chip giant Intel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic partnership for research and innovation with Ireland’s Maynooth University. At the heart of the agreement is a vision to nurture future talent in one of Ireland’s fastest-growing regions, tapping into innovators at one of its fastest growing universities. continue reading »

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Innovation voucher program provides financial support for industry partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

The University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center, or BEC, has clearly impacted the development of university-industry collaborations in the state in a positive way. Established about five years ago, the “one-stop-shop” for Rhode Island companies, which BEC says it modeled after the engagement center at the University of Michigan, has hosted over 800 corporate campus visits and encouraged 220-plus corporations to support its programs.

One of the undertakings that has proved most beneficial for BEC is the Innovation Voucher Awards program, a state program administered by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (CommerceRI). It not only highlights projects developed as a partnership between corporations and university faculty and students, research centers, or medical centers in the state, but it also provides a financial incentive for those partnerships.

“The Voucher is a tool BEC uses to connect small businesses in Rhode Island who have a gap in R&D with the intellectual and research resources of the University of Rhode Island,” explains Katharine Hazard Flynn, executive director of the BEC.

The Voucher Awards are voted on and announced monthly at the CommerceRI Board meetings. This year, however, as part of its fifth anniversary, BEC had a showcase to celebrate the partnerships (20 in all) that have been awarded to date.

The awards program is a logical extension of the initial goals of the BEC. “About five years ago we had watched the University of Michigan open its Business Engagement Center, saw its success and tried to emulate it,” says Flynn. “They started just with their engineering college, but later expanded. We are smaller, so we decided to start ‘whole.’”

BEC, she explains, is a “concierge service” for industry partners. “Industry can make one phone call here and get what they need — labs, students, research,” she explains. While such a concept may not seem innovative, Flynn insists that it is. “Companies have a hard time navigating a university,” she notes. “We operate now on ‘industry time,’ as opposed to ‘academic time.’”

The voucher program began in 2014, she says, after Governor Gina Raimondo conducted “a state-wide tour [and] said there needed to be a way for our smaller businesses to access the universities and all their research capabilities.” In response, the CommerceRI team put the voucher program into place and provided a modest amount of funding for the first year.

“It was so popular they added to it,” Flynn says. The awards can be as high as $50,000 for a small business (under 500 employees) to access research, testing, and other university services.

Businesses that apply, she explains, “have to come to the table with a university investigator, and they put in a fairly simple application.” A committee at CommerceRI, comprised of individuals from different industry sectors, reviews the applications and makes recommendations, after which they go to their Board for a final decision.

“If the application is approved the money goes to the university, and the faculty member uses that money to help the company,” Flynn relates. Once the funds for the project have all been used, she adds, “the partnership has to do a report. In many cases they either get some follow-on funds from a federal or state agency or an investment firm. This helps foster the small business ecosystem in the state.”

This complete article appears in the February issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. For information on subscriptions — and a $100-off discount offer — CLICK HERE

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Carnegie Mellon expands partnership with Lockheed Martin with new master research agreement


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University and Lockheed Martin have expanded their partnership with the signing of a new master research agreement. continue reading »

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TOMORROW — Impact Convergence: A New Model for Building Scalable Relationships between Industry and Universities


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

The Office of Industry Engagement & Commercial Venturing at Brown University has built a successful model for industry engagement using a scale-up concept called Impact Convergence (ICON). There are several layers of the ICON experience, beginning with ICON Exploration, moving to the ICON Challenge Hub, and ultimately to ICON Impact. Hyundai Motor Company is the first company to enter a new relationship with the university under the ICON model.

University-Industry Engagement Advisor is sponsoring this practical webinar that will take an inside look at Brown’s new scale-up model and address common issues that face these complex relationships, as well as best practices for impact-driven alignment between industry and universities. Join Tracey Dodenhoff, head of strategic industry engagement at Brown University and Principal of Onovo, Inc., tomorrow, February 27 for Impact Convergence: A New Model for Building Scalable Relationships between Industry and Universities.

For complete program details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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U of Florida receives $12M gift for brain tumor research initiative


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

Sometimes an industry connection that leads research funding is very personal, and that was certainly the case for the University of Florida and UF Health and Orlando hotel magnate Harris Rosen. continue reading »

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Alliant Energy partners with Iowa State on new manufacturing lab


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and Alliant Energy are teaming up on a new manufacturing lab at the ISU Research Park. continue reading »

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Best Practices in Forming and Managing Industry-University Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: February 25th, 2019

Best Practices in Forming and Managing Industry-University Partnerships is a practical, strategy-filled distance learning collection featuring four detailed programs:

1. Best Practices for Drafting University-Industry Partnership R&D Agreements. Two experts provide expert guidance on drafting an R&D agreement that will attract industry and drive your research projects forward while also preventing the kinds of problems that can wreak havoc with your involved faculty and damage relationships between you and your researchers — and with industry partners.

2. Managing Conflicts of Interest in Large-Scale Industry Partnerships. To help you navigate the pitfalls while ensuring vibrant and business-savvy collaborations, our attorney faculty provide practical strategies for tackling the broad spectrum of COI issues you will face and must address in today’s large-scale industry partnership initiatives.

3. The Anatomy of a Great Industry-University Partnership. The right partnership will bring not just licensing revenue but critical economic development benefits as well. This session provides insight on how you can craft successful industry partnerships that bring in licensing revenues as well as regional economic benefits for years to come.

4. New Models of University-Industry Partnership: U Minnesota’s “MN-IP Create” and “Try and Buy” Programs.The University of Minnesota’s groundbreaking MN-IP Create and MN-IP Try and Buy programs have dramatically improved the university’s ability to land new sponsored research and licensing deals, and in the process redefined the TTO as a highly sought after partner for corporations. Take an inside look at how MN-IP Create vastly simplifies the contracting process for sponsored research and employs industry-friendly features like pre-set license terms, exclusive worldwide rights, low royalty rates, and affordable prepayments.

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