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The SBIR/STTR Proposal Playbook: A Webinar Workshop for Drafting Winning Applications


By David Schwartz
Published: January 15th, 2019

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs dole out $2 billion to university-based ventures every year, and their awards can be significant sources of non-dilutive funding – if you know how to craft a proposal that will win over the reviewers. University researchers, start-up founders, TTOs, and research development staff must ensure their proposal has what it takes to earn the funding their projects need.

That starts with knowing what agencies such as the NSF, NIH and DoD are looking for in fundable projects and how to prepare your proposal for review. To give you the best chance of success, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with Kristen Parmelee of PCG, Inc. — one of the country’s top SBIR/STTR experts — to bring you this critically important program: The SBIR/STTR Proposal Playbook: A Webinar Workshop for Drafting Winning Applications,scheduled for January 23rd.

In this detailed workshop session, you’ll come away with a solid understanding of what makes a good SBIR/STTR proposal and what the largest agencies are looking for, so you can maximize your chances of getting the funding you need. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing University Start-Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar


By David Schwartz
Published: December 18th, 2018

A typical angel investor is approached by hundreds of companies seeking funding, and even the best ideas can get overlooked without a well-crafted pitch and the right preparation. University start-ups can jump to the head of the pack if they understand and leverage their advantages over other new ventures, while also preparing effectively for the due diligence process. And tech transfer professionals can play a pivotal role in helping their start-up teams secure critical early-stage cash while avoiding common mistakes during due diligence that can cause once-eager investors to put away their checkbooks.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics is sponsoring this critical program designed to help TTOs and their early-stage start-ups prepare themselves for fundraising from angel investors: Preparing University Start Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar.

Join Michael D. Stein, a seasoned angel investor/advisor and IP attorney with Baker Hostetler LLP, when he discusses the key factors angels typically consider when screening start-up opportunities, how to identify and address their sweet spots, and how to ace the due diligence process and get the funding needed to and plot a course for growth.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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TOMORROW: Preventing Tax Compliance Nightmares in University Tech Transfer and Industry-Sponsored Research


By David Schwartz
Published: December 11th, 2018

Commercialization activity being managed in university tech transfer, corporate engagement, and sponsored research offices runs a significant risk of running afoul of tax exemption statutes — and that can create a compliance nightmare for your university and severe headaches for you.

What’s worse, these compliance threats are getting more numerous and more complex as commercial ventures and initiatives multiply and take new forms — for instance, companies that open on-campus labs, start-ups that use tax-exempt buildings and services, revenue from start-up equity, and industry partnerships that rely on campus resources. Non-compliance can result in fines, reputational damage, and even loss of non-profit status.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics, in partnership with Industry-Sponsored Research Management, is sponsoring this critical webinar: Preventing Tax Compliance Nightmares in University Tech Transfer and Industry-Sponsored Research. This session, scheduled for tomorrow, December 12, will address common tax issues associated with university research commercialization efforts, offering practical guidance from a seasoned university tax director, including a real-world case study of tax challenges faced by a major research institution.

You will leave this program with a thorough understanding of the tax issues that affect technology transfer and other research commercialization activities — and gain a full appreciation for the impact these issues can have on an institution when not managed appropriately. Plus, you’ll take home compliance guidance and strategies you can use to ensure you steer clear of common tax problems and complications. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By David Schwartz
Published: December 11th, 2018

Managing conflicts of interest (COIs) between funding sources and faculty researchers is always a tough challenge for tech transfer, sponsored research, and compliance offices that requires much coordination and careful handling. Although tech transfer and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinout, or partnership, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle — and it’s fraught with danger not only for the university, but also for its faculty.

That’s why we’re created the three-session distance learning collection Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research, to provide a solid set of guidelines and proven strategies to ensure COI issues related to commercialization activity are addressed effectively. These three programs are included in the collection:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Ensuring Compliance with Financial Conflict of Interest Regs
  • Best Practices for Managing Conflicts of Interest in Faculty Start Ups

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

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TOMORROW: Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization


By David Schwartz
Published: December 3rd, 2018

Industry partnerships are not easy to find when a university is well outside a busy metropolitan area like LA, New York, Boston or Chicago and lacks a large corporate base. But the inherent challenges of being in flyover country haven’t stopped Kansas State University, which has achieved robust relationships with industry that are fostering knowledge-based economic development, research and philanthropic funding, and co-location partnerships to rival their metropolitan peers.

KSU’s Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) has achieved incredible success despite its rural location using a unique strategic partner pathway. Industry-Sponsored Research Management is pleased to partner with Rebecca Robinson, the Director of Economic Development at the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, for this eye-opening distance learning program: Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, scheduled for December 5th.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By David Schwartz
Published: December 3rd, 2018

Your university spends untold dollars and hours on negotiating terms and processing hundreds or even thousands of MTAs every year. And since MTAs can have serious ramifications in terms of rights to resulting inventions, for future licensing agreements and for publication rights, it’s not a process you should be taking lightly or rushing through. That’s why we’ve created Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management. This distance learning collection includes these two practical programs that deliver specific strategies to help you manage your agreements, your time, and your IP:

  • Material Transfer Agreement Management: Negotiation Strategies to Strengthen Legal Protection and Gain Efficiency. Features detailed guidance from two experts at the University of Iowa who have successfully addressed the MTA challenge and share their strategies with you.
  • Managing Material Transfer Agreements: Key Practices for Saving Time and Money. Vanderbilt University’s home-grown MTAShare automated MTA management system enables an extremely streamlined process, slashing both paperwork and many hours of staff time associated with processing material transfer agreements. Find out how the university tackled its MTA workload, culminating in this automated solution.

For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization


By David Schwartz
Published: November 27th, 2018

Industry partnerships are not easy to find when a university is well outside a busy metropolitan area like LA, New York, Boston or Chicago and lacks a large corporate base. But the inherent challenges of being in flyover country haven’t stopped Kansas State University, which has achieved robust relationships with industry that are fostering knowledge-based economic development, research and philanthropic funding, and co-location partnerships to rival their metropolitan peers.

KSU’s Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) has achieved incredible success despite its rural location using a unique strategic partner pathway. To date, this pathway has enabled the recruitment of 18 technology-based companies to the Manhattan, Kansas region, creating over 480 new high-wage jobs and a projected economic impact of over $70 million. Additionally, KSU-IC has consulted with emerging companies to provide strategy and business plan development, and has facilitated over $750,000 in corporate sponsored research and $55.8 million in investment capital raised.

Industry-Sponsored Research Management is pleased to partner with Rebecca Robinson, the Director of Economic Development at the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, for this eye-opening distance learning program: Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, scheduled for December 5th.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization


By David Schwartz
Published: November 13th, 2018

Industry partnerships are not easy to find when a university is well outside a busy metropolitan area like LA, New York, Boston or Chicago and lacks a large corporate base. But the inherent challenges of being in flyover country haven’t stopped Kansas State University, which has achieved robust relationships with industry that are fostering knowledge-based economic development, research and philanthropic funding, and co-location partnerships to rival their metropolitan peers.

KSU’s Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) has achieved incredible success despite its rural location using a unique strategic partner pathway. To date, this pathway has enabled the recruitment of 18 technology-based companies to the Manhattan, Kansas region, creating over 480 new high-wage jobs and a projected economic impact of over $70 million. Additionally, KSU-IC has consulted with emerging companies to provide strategy and business plan development, and has facilitated over $750,000 in corporate sponsored research and $55.8 million in investment capital raised.

Industry-Sponsored Research Management is pleased to partner with Rebecca Robinson, the Director of Economic Development at the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, for this eye-opening distance learning program: Turning Flyover Country into Ground Zero for Valuable University-Industry Partnerships: Case Study of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, scheduled for December 5th.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct


By David Schwartz
Published: November 13th, 2018

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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Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance


By David Schwartz
Published: November 6th, 2018

Building strategic corporate partnerships that lead to research sponsorships, technology licensing, workforce development programs, recruiting, and philanthropic support has become a critical imperative for many universities. And while a vibrant level of holistic engagement with industry is the goal, many schools face the challenge of limited resources coupled with a confusing array of decentralized access points for industry. That makes it not only difficult to fully leverage corporate relationships, but also nearly impossible to accurately quantify the impact of industry engagement efforts and measure performance over time.

You CAN break through the silos on campus to both present a welcoming front door to corporations and capture and centralize data to gather meaningful metrics and performance benchmarks. That’s been an ongoing process at Virginia Tech, culminating in the recent launch of LINK, The Center for Industry Partnerships. We’ve tapped Brad Fravel, MBA, PhD, Director of Business Development for Virginia Tech and a leading force within the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), to present this critical webinar: Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance, scheduled for November 27th.

This one-hour session will provide a roadmap to bringing your corporate engagement efforts into a more cohesive, holistic strategy, and gathering, organizing, and reporting the data you need to gauge the effectiveness of those efforts, report on your progress to stakeholders, and point you to areas needing improvement.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance


By David Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2018

Building strategic corporate partnerships that lead to research sponsorships, technology licensing, workforce development programs, recruiting, and philanthropic support has become a critical imperative for many universities.

And while a vibrant level of holistic engagement with industry is the goal, many schools face the challenge of limited resources coupled with a confusing array of decentralized access points for industry: Research Office, TTO, Foundation, Corporate Relations, and others. That makes it not only difficult to fully leverage corporate relationships, but also nearly impossible to accurately quantify the impact of industry engagement efforts and measure performance over time.

You CAN break through the silos on campus to both present a welcoming front door to corporations and capture and centralize data to gather meaningful metrics and performance benchmarks. That’s been an ongoing process at Virginia Tech, culminating in the recent launch of LINK, The Center for Industry Partnerships. We’ve tapped Brad Fravel, MBA, PhD, Director of Business Development for Virginia Tech and a leading force within the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), to present this critical webinar: Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance, scheduled for November 27th.

This one-hour session will provide a roadmap to bringing your corporate engagement efforts into a more cohesive, holistic strategy, and gathering, organizing, and reporting the data you need to gauge the effectiveness of those efforts, report on your progress to stakeholders, and point you to areas needing improvement.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2018

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. 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

For complete details, CLICK HERE >>

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