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UIDP/NCET2 Webinar Series FAQs

What is the purpose of the webinars?
These webinars are hosted by the National Academies’ University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP and the National Council for Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer (NCET2 to highlight programs and initiatives that support or impact university-industry collaborations and promote US competitiveness. 
What are the components of the webinar series?
There are three series currently being offered:

Government – Government agencies are provided a forum to discuss programs and initiatives that they support and operate at the university-industry interface. Agencies that have presented include DTRA, NIH, NSF and USDA.

Industry – Companies give an overview of their strategies for engaging external parties and describe the process they use to identify potential partners, formalize arrangements and monitor activities.

University – Institutional representatives present research strengths or IP ready for licensing to raise awareness of the project applications and solicit potential partners.
Why should you participate?
For the government series, these webinars are open to anyone interested in how universities and industry can seek government funding for their collective efforts.
  • Learn specifics about the types of projects that the funding agency is seeking
  • Identify contact(s)  who are directing these funding programs and understand their funding directives more clearly
  • Learn about how the funding agency can/will support the development of an academic/industry collaboration
  • Perhaps gain some insight into the funding budget expectations for the coming year
For the industry series, these webinars are open to anyone interested in knowing how they can partner with industry to advance their institutional goals. 
  • Learn specifics about the types of projects that the company supports
  • Identify contact(s) who are directing these efforts and understand their funding directives more clearly
  • Gain insights into prior arrangements that have met the company’s strategic goals
For the university series, these webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about university discoveries with potential for commercialization and new product development.
  • Learn specifics about the type of fundamental research the university is doing
  • Hear directly from the researchers and ask them questions about their work
  • Learn about the institution’s capabilities that can be leveraged through partnership arrangements
Who should participate?
A wide variety of individuals can gain value from these webinars including university chief research officers, directors of economic development, corporate business development directors and academic liaisons,  small business representatives, national lab officials, university and corporate researchers, academic deans and center directors, as well as university research development groups.
How much does it cost?
The webinar series are free to participants.
How can I participate?   
Registration can be done by visiting the NCET2 website at  This series is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio.  
What type of computer/peripherals must I have to participate?
System Requirements:
  • A Java-enabled browser
  • (For PCs) Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server, (For Macs) Mac OS® X 10.4.11 – Tiger® or newer
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers. 
Can I ask questions during the webinar?
Yes, you can.  Attendees may post their questions in a Questions Box provided in the webinar control panel.
The Q&A session is moderated and your questions will be put in a queue and answered in the order that it is received.
Can multiple parties participate from a conference room?
Yes. This is a great way to participate.  We only recommend that you do this with your audio on mute.
How can I join a webinar when it is taking place?
Registered attendees receive a confirmation email that includes instructions on how to join the webinar.  Attendees may join the webinar by:
  • clicking on the link in the confirmation email which allows them to join the webinar via VOIP, or
  • dialing the telephone number provided (audio only)
Are the webinars archived if I am unable to attend?
Yes they are.  Live webinars are recorded and posted on the NCET2 website for later viewing. Registered attendees who are unable to join live sessions are given access to the recordings.
How do I provide feedback or inquire further following a webinar?
A survey is provided to registered participants at the end of the webinars. Alternatively, interested parties can always send comments to
How do I submit suggestions for future webinar topics?
A survey is provided to registered participants at the end of the webinars. Alternatively, interested parties can always send comments to