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SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities


By David Schwartz
Published: May 21st, 2019

The Small Business Administration has just released a significant update to the SBIR/STTR policy directives and the changes took effect May 2nd. The final version contains significant policy changes that affect data rights and protections, data marking, rules related to multiple public funding sources, expanded opportunities with Phase III awards, and relaxation of rules related to multiple research institute partners.

Coupled with the National Science Foundation’s new requirement of “project pitch” before submission for an award and the NIH’s updated FOA for 2019, there are lots of new and important moving parts for TTOs, start-ups, research managers and partners to maneuver through — and one misstep can jeopardize your entire award status. At the same time, the new rules introduce valuable opportunities for expanded funding and new partnerships.

To clarify the various agencies’ directives and give you clear guidance on how to navigate successfully, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two experts to bring you this detailed webinar: SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities. Join us on June 26th for detailed guidance from SBIR/STTR expert Kristen Parmelee, President of PCG, Inc., and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joseph Runge, JD, MS.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Webinar this Thursday: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships through Corporate Affiliate Programs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

Corporate affiliate programs are designed to provide members an exclusive view into the research and activities of specific departments or programs within a university and foster dynamic collaborations between the university and the affiliate program members. They also allow university researchers to better understand, appreciate and meet the needs of industry. The benefits to each party can be profound, from new revenue, new partnerships, and licensing opportunities for the university to talent acquisition, a ready source of valuable innovations, and a competitive advantage for corporate affiliates. In short, these programs have proven to be an outstanding funnel for long-term value and growth in industry engagement.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Todd Cleland, PhD, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the University of Washington, to discuss how to structure, manage and grow various types of corporate affiliate programs. Please join us this Thursday, May 16, 2019 for this business-building webinar: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships Through Corporate Affiliate Programs. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

Universities worldwide are being called upon like never before to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research — and to demonstrate the results of their efforts in terms of economic impact. Jobs and regional economic growth have become some of the new metrics for tech transfer and industry engagement offices.

But large scale economic development initiatives come with equally large challenges, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has compiled best practice advice from six top university-driven economic development efforts in the practical collection Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem. In this outstanding distance learning resource, you get these four programs plus more than 50 pages of program materials:

  • SESSION 1: Creating An Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story
  • SESSION 2: How To Build and Nurture an Innovation District
  • SESSION 3: Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses
  • SESSION 4: Transform Your TTO Into an Economic Development Engine

Learn how leading universities have made big strides in boosting their regional economies, building out their innovation ecosystems, and getting more research out of the lab and into the marketplace. You get all three convenient formats — DVD, On-Demand Video, and PDF Transcript — and receive unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty.

For complete program and faculty details and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships through Corporate Affiliate Programs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

Corporate affiliate programs are designed to provide members an exclusive view into the research and activities of specific departments or programs within a university and foster dynamic collaborations between the university and the affiliate program members. They also allow university researchers to better understand, appreciate and meet the needs of industry. The benefits to each party can be profound, from new revenue, new partnerships, and licensing opportunities for the university to talent acquisition, a ready source of valuable innovations, and a competitive advantage for corporate affiliates. In short, these programs have proven to be an outstanding funnel for long-term value and growth in industry engagement.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Todd Cleland, PhD, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the University of Washington, to discuss how to structure, manage and grow various types of corporate affiliate programs. Please join us on May 16, 2019 for this business-building webinar: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships Through Corporate Affiliate Programs. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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International Collaborations and IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

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

For complete program and faculty details and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects


By David Schwartz
Published: April 30th, 2019

The often-misunderstood Fundamental Research Exemption (FRE) has a significant impact on university-based research and can result in inadvertent compliance gaps — especially when that research stems from an industry-sponsored program. And in today’s political climate, as trade disputes and charges of IP misappropriation bring daily headlines and intense scrutiny, having your compliance efforts nailed down is more critical than ever before.

To guide you in effectively addressing high-stakes export control compliance challenges, our Distance Learning Division and Kay Ellis, MHR, Director of the Export Control Program at the University of Arizona, have teamed up to bring you this critical webinar: Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects. This detailed program, coming May 7th, will define the fundamental research exemption and explain the regulatory framework around it, while providing tips for educating faculty and handling contract clauses to ensure that the fundamental research exemption is preserved.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct


By David Schwartz
Published: April 30th, 2019

Effective management of sponsored research is a critical factor in the overall success of every university’s research enterprise. From avoiding conflicts of interest to managing regulatory and fiscal responsibilities, the challenges are diverse and complex — and the stakes are high in terms of research dollars, harsh non-compliance penalties, and the university’s reputation. That’s why it is so important to identify and implement best practices and proven strategies – and why we’ve created this valuable collection of distance learning sessions: Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct.

This collection comes with more than 30 pages of reference materials and includes these three strategy-packed programs:

  • Discovering, Reporting and Managing Fiscal Misconduct in University Research
  • Compliance Management and Fraud Prevention in Sponsored Research
  • Sponsored Research Compliance: Best Practices for Working with Auditors

For complete program and faculty details, CLICK HERE >>

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Webinar this Thursday: Overcoming Joint IP Ownership Challenges in University Research Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: April 22nd, 2019

In a perfect world, universities would enjoy collaborating on research projects with a myriad of partners, costs would be shared fairly among partners, everyone would agree on IP ownership, and they would live happily ever after. But the real world is far from perfect, and it’s critical that your university’s IP rights are carefully defined and protected when working with other schools, corporations, and other partners. The cost of inadequate preparation and contractual protection can be huge, from hefty litigation costs to invalid patents or loss of IP, not to mention damage to important relationships.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Rodney Sparks, JD, PhD, from the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group, to discuss how to protect your ownership stake, remain a good research partner, and deal with conflicts when they arise. Please join us this Thursday, April 25th, for this practical and timely webinar: Overcoming Joint IP Ownership Challenges in University Research Partnerships. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Overcoming Joint IP Ownership Challenges in University Research Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: April 16th, 2019

In a perfect world, universities would enjoy collaborating on research projects with a myriad of partners, costs would be shared fairly among partners, everyone would agree on IP ownership, and they would live happily ever after. But the real world is far from perfect, and it’s critical that your university’s IP rights are carefully defined and protected when working with other schools, corporations, and other partners. The cost of inadequate preparation and contractual protection can be huge, from hefty litigation costs to invalid patents or loss of IP, not to mention damage to important relationships.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Rodney Sparks, JD, PhD, from the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group, to discuss how to protect your ownership stake, remain a good research partner, and deal with conflicts when they arise. Please join us next Thursday, April 25th, for this practical and timely webinar: Overcoming Joint IP Ownership Challenges in University Research Partnerships. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success


By David Schwartz
Published: April 16th, 2019

Industry’s reliance on university collaborations for R&D is no longer just a trend – it has become more like a seismic shift. Innovation-starved corporations are eagerly seeking out university partners, but only those universities that have embraced this shift and prepared their campuses for a new level of integrated industry engagement will reap the benefits.

As part of its mission to support holistic industry engagement and assist universities in attracting more corporate partners, University-Industry Engagement Advisor has produced a distance learning collection featuring four leading universities that have used innovative strategies and proven programs to achieve robust relationships with corporate partners. Kansas State University, Brown University, the University of Georgia, and the University at Buffalo are prime examples of how to foster welcoming and comprehensive industry engagement initiatives that result in research funding, job creation, philanthropic funding, talent pipeline development, and economic development.

Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success features the details behind each of these program in four in-depth presentations. The collection comes complete with the original program materials and in three formats — DVD, on-demand video, and PDF transcript — so you can listen and share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format. For complete details on this valuable collection, CLICK HERE.

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Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects


By David Schwartz
Published: April 1st, 2019

The often-misunderstood Fundamental Research Exemption (FRE) has a significant impact on university-based research and can result in inadvertent compliance gaps — especially when that research stems from a sponsored program. And in today’s political climate, as trade disputes and charges of IP misappropriation bring daily headlines and intense scrutiny, having your compliance efforts nailed down is more critical than ever before.

To guide you in effectively addressing high-stakes export control compliance challenges, our  Distance Learning Division and Kay Ellis, MHR, Director of the Export Control Program at the University of Arizona, have teamed up to bring you this critical webinar: Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects. This detailed program will define the fundamental research exemption and explain the regulatory framework around it, while providing tips for educating faculty and handling contract clauses to ensure that the fundamental research exemption is preserved. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success


By David Schwartz
Published: April 1st, 2019

Industry’s reliance on university collaborations for R&D is no longer just a trend – it has become more like a seismic shift. Innovation-starved corporations are eagerly seeking out university partners, but only those universities that have embraced this shift and prepared their campuses for a new level of integrated industry engagement will reap the benefits.

As part of its mission to support holistic industry engagement and assist universities in attracting more corporate partners, University-Industry Engagement Advisor has produced a distance learning collection featuring four leading universities that have used innovative strategies and proven programs to achieve robust relationships with corporate partners. Kansas State University, Brown University, the University of Georgia, and the University at Buffalo are prime examples of how to foster welcoming and comprehensive industry engagement initiatives that result in research funding, job creation, philanthropic funding, talent pipeline development, and economic development.

Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success features the details behind each of these program in four in-depth presentations. The collection comes complete with the original program materials and in three formats — DVD, on-demand Video, and PDF transcript — so you can listen and share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format. For complete details on this valuable collection, CLICK HERE.

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