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I-Corps at the National Institutes of Health
July 21, 2016

Based on the highly successful NSF I-Corps program, the I-Corps at NIH curriculum is designed to provide scientists from NIH SBIR funded companies with real-world, hands-on entrepreneurship training, facilitated by domain experts from the biotech sector. This new program seeks to accelerate the development and commercialization of new products and services arising from projects supported by currently funded NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. In particular, the I-Corps program is designed to support training that will help project teams at NIH-funded small businesses overcome key obstacles along the path of innovation and commercialization.

Representatives from the National Cancer Institute SBIR Development Center spoke with GUIRR about I-Corps at NIH and additional resources from NIH. The NCI SBIR Development Center provides funding, mentoring and networking assistance to small businesses that demonstrate promising next-generation cancer cure technologies, with the ultimate goal being successful commercialization and life-changing public benefit. The webinar also covered SBIR/STTR program eligibility requirements, NIH funding opportunities, and new NCI Investor Initiatives to help SBIR-funded companies to connect with investors, venture capitalists, strategic partners, and business leaders from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Smart Communities: Intelligent Space and Responsive Design
June 16, 2016

GUIRR hosted a webinar with Brad Lukanic and Tim Swanson of Cannon Design to discuss how the advancement in and cross-pollination among education and industries fosters an evolved thinking and inspired leadership focused on building, and at times changing past business models, to transform the built environment.

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U.S. Census Bureau's Innovation Measurement Initiative
May 25, 2016

Ron Jarmin is the Assistant Director of Research and Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau and also leads the agency's Innovation Measurement Initiative (IMI), which seeks to integrate university data on federally funded research with Census Bureau data assets. GUIRR hosted a webinar with Ron to discuss the IMI and why the Census Bureau is interested in helping to address the data gaps in the measurement of innovation and its relationship to economic growth.

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The Maker Movement and Regional Innovation Ecosystems
April 27, 2016

The Maker Movement is expected to transform opportunities for students, entrepreneurs, and citizens to access new technologies and tools for design and manufacturing. President Obama launched the Nation of Makers initiative in 2014, and in June of this year the administration will celebrate another National Maker Faire to celebrate makers and makerspaces all over the country. GUIRR hosted a webinar to discuss the state of the Maker Movement and its impact on education, regional innovation ecosystems, and economic growth with Teresa Sappington, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in the Office of Maker Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Mark Takano, and Jim Woodell, the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

March 24, 2016

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. GUIRR held a webinar with the Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Sally Rockey, to discuss the foundations programs and how its mission advances government-university-industry collaborations in the food and agriculture sector. 

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R&D Budget and Policy Update
February 29, 2016

GUIRR hosted a discussion on the President's FY2017 R&D budget request and relevant science and technology legislative priorities with Matt Hourihan, Director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, and Jim Jensen, the Executive Director of the Office of Congressional and Government Affairs at the Academies.

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Manufacturing and Innovation: Making Value for America
January 19, 2016

The National Academy of Engineering's report "Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work" examines the challenges and opportunities of globalization, developments in technology, and new business models that are transforming design, manufacturing, and distribution processes. The report offers recommendations for collaborative actions between government, industry, and education institutions to help ensure that the U.S. thrives amid global economic changes and remains a leading environment for innovation. GUIRR hosted a webinar with two contributors to the report - Nick Donofrio, study committee chair and former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM, and Larry Burns, Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan and former General Motors Corporate Vice President of R&D and Planning - to discuss the report and its implications for U.S. manufacturing and innovation.

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What Economics and Policy Can Learn from Engineering Design
December 9, 2015

Guru Madhavan is a biomedical engineer, Senior Program Officer at the National Academies, and author of the recent book Applied Minds: How Engineers Think. Guru joined us in the studio to discuss how the application of concepts including optimization, reliability, and efficiency can help inform and enhance approaches in economics and public policy to solve the world's most difficult questions. Guru's narrative style helps highlight the connections between engineering and economics, in pursuit of what he refers to as a balance of "empathy and rationality."

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Women in STEM Education and Careers
November 18, 2015

A report from the American Association for University Women, called Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing, asks why there are still so few women in the critical fields of engineering and computing, and explains what we can do to make these fields open to and desirable for all employees. GUIRR held a webinar to discuss the report and the state of women in STEM with the report's author, Catherine Hill, Vice President for Research at AAUW, and Catherine Didion, Director of the Consortium on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies.

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DARPA's Tactical Technology Office
October 22, 2015

The Tactical Technology Office (TTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) develops system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of military platforms. Specifically, TTO focuses on Ground Systems, Maritime and Undersea Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. As a part of the process, the office is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration of innovative systems for military missions in those focus areas. GUIRR was joined by the director of TTO, Dr. Bradford Tousley, who gave us an overview of TTO, and provided insight into how interested parties can do business with DARPA.  

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Tech-to-Market Best Practices at ARPA-E
September 15, 2015

ARPA-E is catalyzing the development of early stage transformational energy technologies to create a more secure, affordable, and sustainable American energy future.  However, these technologies can only have a significant impact if they are adopted and commercialized.  The Tech-to-Market team within ARPA-E was created to support project teams with their commercialization efforts and help drive these disruptive technologies towards the market.  In this webinar we spoke with Dave Henshall, Deputy Director for Commercialization at ARPA-E, about the agency's strategy and methods for the commercialization needs for disruptive energy technologies.

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Approaches to Climate Intervention
August 19, 2015

Climate intervention is no substitute for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and adaptation efforts aimed at reducing the negative consequences of climate change. However, as our planet enters a period of changing climate never before experienced in recorded human history, interest is growing in the potential for deliberate intervention in the climate system to counter climate change. GUIRR hosted a webinar with Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science, and Ken Caldeira, Senior Climate Scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford, to discuss approaches to climate intervention within the context of the findings of two Academies' reports released in February 2015 on the potential impacts, benefits, and costs of two approaches to climate intervention: carbon dioxide removal and reflecting sunlight to cool the earth.

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NIH CounterACT U54 Research Centers of Excellence
July 17, 2015

The NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) program supports research on the development of new and improved medical countermeasures designed to prevent and treat the conditions caused by acute exposure to chemical agents. The NIH CounterACT research network conducts basic and translational research aimed at the discovery and/or identification of better therapeutics for treating chemical injury. The network includes Research Centers of Excellence, individual research projects, contracts, and other programs. Currently the NIH is soliciting proposals for new or renewal U54 Research Centers of Excellence. This webinar provided information on preparing research proposals, including information on eligibility, scientific scope, Center structure, application instructions, and grants management.

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The Future of Mineral Resources and the Products That Require Their Capabilities
June 5, 2015

Steve Duclos, Chief Scientist at General Electric Global Research Center and Tom Graedel, Professor and Director of the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University joined GUIRR for a webinar presenting an update on the situation revolving around scarce materials in terms of availability, usage, and life-cycle, and the status of key mineral resources around the world. The presenters discussed what one major corporation has done to create a validated process for addressing the mineral resource supply and utilization issues facing the world in the next few decades.

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America's Knowledge Economy: A State by State Review
April 27, 2015

GUIRR hosted a webinar featuring Elsevier's newly released report. Elsevier in partnership with the Council of State Governments, provide for the first time a data driven assessment of every state’s comparative knowledge economy advantages based on the research conducted and new knowledge it produces.  It is important that local universities, businesses, government agencies, not-for-profit incubators and economic development organizations recognize what they are doing best to collaborate and coordinate on maximizing those advantages. Research plays a key role in defining a state’s future economic prosperity.  From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley in New York, the Research Triangle in North Carolina to Kendall Square in Boston/Cambridge, there are countless examples over the past several decades of how research drives innovation, attracts jobs, and fosters economic growth.  States with strong research ecosystems are able to attract, grow, and retain large, innovative companies and high-wage jobs.  Firms seek to co-locate next to universities and other highly innovative firms within the same or complementary industries to benefit from knowledge spillovers.

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DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge

March 24, 2015

GUIRR hosted a webinar on the Better Buildings Challenge which supports commercial and industrial building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions to energy efficiency. The program also provides a forum for matching Partners and Allies to enhance collaboration and problem solving in energy efficiency. Both Partners and Allies are publically recognized for their leadership and innovation in energy efficiency. The Better Buildings Challenge brings together stakeholders from government, industry and universities to identify mechanisms for increasing energy efficiency and lowering cost. Learn about this multifaceted program and how it spurs on cross-sector collaboration.

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The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited
March 6, 2015

GUIRR hosted a webinar on this newly released NRC report. The presentation first summarized general facts regarding postdoctoral fellows, including the large and growing population of postdoctoral researchers, the spread of postdoctoral positions from physical and biomedical sciences to other fields such as engineering, the humanities and social sciences, the relatively low pay postdoctoral fellows receive and the fact that many postdoctoral fellows end up working in non-research positions.  The data come primarily from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients and the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.  The presentation also discussed the six main recommendations made by the committee, the types of actions required to implement them, and, especially with regard to the recommendation regarding compensation, the rationale for the recommendation.  The six relate to (1) period of service, (2) title, (3) career development, (4) compensation, (5) mentoring, and (6) data collection.

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Fostering Collaboration Among our Nation's Federal Labs, Industry, and Research Oriented Universities
January 21, 2015

GUIRR featured Wes Jurey, President and CEO of the Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce and Co-Founder of the Center for Innovation (CFI), a catalyst for technology based economic development. The Center for Innovation (CFI) works with eleven US Federal Agencies under various Federal Partnership intermediary agreements, facilitating and enabling the integration of industry, academic, and government research and discovery with venture capital and talent & know how. CFI is focused on the commercialization of technology-based research outcomes from federal labs, universities, and industry, supporting the evolutionary development of integrated industry clusters. This webinar discussed the role that CFI plays in lowering the barriers to cross-sector collaboration.

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NIH & the BRAIN Initiative
December 17, 2014

GUIRR hosted a webinar on the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies). This initiative is part of a Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Despite the many advances in neuroscience, the underlying causes of most neurological and psychiatric conditions remain largely unknown due to the vast complexity of the human brain. The Initiative is intended to accelerate the development of new technologies to help researchers produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact. This webinar discussed the BRAIN Initiative and describe how different sectors are involved. 

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November 14, 2014

CREATE BioGUIRR hosted a webinar about NIH's CREATE Bio Program. To facilitate therapeutic discovery and development by the neuroscience community, the NINDS recently redesigned their translational programs, which is a suite of complementary programs to encourage the translation of research discoveries into new treatments for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. The NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises for Biotechnology Products and Biologics (CREATE Bio) program is dedicated to biotechnology product- and biologics- based therapies, which broadly include modalities such as peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, gene therapies, and cell therapies.  The program includes two tracks: the Discovery Track supports lead optimization in order to obtain a candidate appropriate for entering the Development Track, and the Development Track supports IND-enabling studies for the candidate, as well as early-phase clinical trials. Dr. Wang will give an overview of the CREATE Bio program and general guidance for applications.

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Electrochemical Pathways for Sustainable Manufacturing
October 22, 2014

OhioUWebinarGUIRR hosted a webinar on electrochemical manufacturing. Electrochemical science and technology has made significant progress in the last 40 years. The potential exists to implement electrochemical science as a platform to contribute to the solution of manufacturing challenges in the chemical industry and their allied sectors. As a recognition of this opportunity, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded to Ohio University's Center for Electrochemical Processes and Technology and its partners, PolymerOhio and the Electrochemical Society a grant to develop the organizational structure for operating and sustaining an industry-led consortium on Electrochemical Pathway for Sustainable Manufacturing (EPSuM). This webinar will show how electrochemistry has the potential to develop transformational technologies to make more efficient traditional chemical and biological processes and will discuss specific industry examples of how these advances can benefit US Manufacturing.  Case studies will include applications in advanced materials, emissions control, water, and soil remediation. There will also be a brief overview of the EPSuM roadmap process and how to participate.

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NSF Program: Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI:AIR)
September 30, 2014

GUIRR featured NSF's PFI:AIR program. The NSF PFI:AIR program offers opportunities to conduct translational research activities in support of moving previously funded NSF research results toward commercial application.  There are two solicitations associated with the PFI:AIR program: one aimed at single investigator faculty, the PFI:AIR--Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT) program, and one aimed at NSF sponsored research consortia such as Centers, the PFI:AIR-Research Alliance (PFI:AIR-RA) program.  The PFI:AIR-TT program gives a faculty researcher an opportunity to take an NSF funded research result and develop it further into a proof-of-concept or prototype for a particular application.  The PFI:AIR-RA program encourages technology translation through the development of an innovation ecosystem around the NSF-funded research consortium with NSF funding in conjunction with third party investment.  This webinar will offer information about both programs in terms of the goals of the solicitations, requirements for proposals, and some initial statistics and results from the programs.  The target audience are those interested in academic technology translation, and in industry-academic partnerships to speed technology translation.

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NRC Report: Furthering America's Research Enterprise
August 27, 2014

NRC Furthering ResearchGUIRR held a webinar on the National Academies report titled Furthering America's Research Enterprise. Although many studies have investigated the impacts of research on society, Furthering America's Research Enterprise brings to bear a fresh approach informed by a more holistic understanding of the research enterprise as a complex, dynamic system.  This understanding illuminates why America's research enterprise has historically been so successful; where attention should be focused to increase the societal benefits of research investments; and how those who make decisions on the allocation of funds for scientific research can best carry out their task. This report will be of special interest to policy makers who support or manage the research enterprise, to others in public and private institutions who fund research, to scholars of the research enterprise, and to scientists and engineers who seek to better understand the many pathways through which their research benefits society.

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NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics: A novel approach to early-stage drug discovery research funding
July 30, 2014

NIH LogoGUIRR held a webinar on the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics program. To facilitate drug discovery and development by the neuroscience community, the NIH established the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN), which offers neuroscience researchers funding for drug discovery and development activities that can be conducted in their own laboratories and the opportunity to collaborate with NIH-funded consultants and contract research organizations (CROs) that specialize in medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, formulations development, GMP chemical synthesis, and Phase I clinical testing. Researchers who initiate BPN projects will receive intellectual property rights to the drug candidates developed within the BPN. This webinar will describe upcoming opportunities for academic researchers and small businesses to apply for BPN resources. 

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June 25, 2014

CybersecurityOn June 25, 2014, GUIRR hosted a webinar addressing cybersecurity. Based on his extensive experience in  senior management positions in industry and in multiple federal government departments including the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Starnes Walker discussed cybersecurity as it relates to government, universities, and industry. He recently joined the University of Delaware as the Founding Director of the Cybersecurity Initiative and is uniquely qualified to comment on how cybersecurity affects our nation.

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History and Approaches to Technology Transfer from U.S. Federal Laboratories
May 28 2014

On May 28, 2014, GUIRR held a webinar which addressed Tech Transfer. During the webinar, Dr. Russel Moy from the Southeastern Universities Research Association reviewed the history of technology transfer from US federal laboratories. He described the different mechanisms for the private sector to utilize these national resource, and provide several case studies to highlight several successes of these collaborations.

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Lab-to-Market Summit: Transformational Recommendations
April 7, 2014

Lab to Market ReportGUIRR hosted a webinar on the “Lab-To-Market Inter-Agency Summit” organized by the White House OSTP and NIH. This Summit brought together 20 national experts from outside of the federal agency system to recommend ways to increase the ROI from $140 billion of annual federal R&D expenditures. Webinar presenters Joe Allen and Diane Palmintera were Co-chairs of the Summit and discussed the recommendations from the Summit to the White House.

The Administration asked the national experts for “transformative” ideas and got them.  A major unanimous recommendation was the creation of an “Office of Innovation and Federal Technology Partnerships” within OMB, and an External Advisory Board composed of private and non-profit sector representatives. Other recommendations focused on strengthening capital investments and expanding entrepreneurial resources including creation of “technology translators”, early-stage national funding mechanisms, and tax incentives to support scale-up and proof-of-concept. The recommendations were issued in August 2013, and OSTP has reportedly integrated some of the recommendations into their 2014 policies. 

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Creating a Materials Innovation Infrastructure: The Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Innovation Accelerator Network
September 25, 2013

MGI Webinar ImageGUIRR held a webinar on the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and the concept of a network for accelerating discovery and development of materials. Launched in June 2011, the goal of MGI is simple: to cut in half the time and cost of bringing new materials from discovery in the laboratory to products in the marketplace. At the recent 2-year anniversary of MGI, a consortium of universities including the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Michigan announced their intent to initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the formation of a national-scale materials innovation accelerator network. One envisioned element of this network is connectivity of the nascent materials data infrastructures at universities, national labs, and other potential partners. The first step in creating this network is a forum for dialogue on developing a roadmap, facilitated by a workshop in spring 2014 that will include leaders in materials science and engineering from government labs, academia, and industry. The webinar was presented by Dr. David L. McDowell, a Regents' Professor and the Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing at Georgia Tech, and Dr. Cyrus Wadia, the Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  This webinar is particularly relevant for federal, academic, and industrial researchers in materials science and engineering; product designers; small- and medium-sized businesses with expertise in materials science, computational modeling, and data sciences; and manufacturers.

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FLC Available Technologies Tool
August 22, 2013

GUIRR hosted this webinar presenting a new resource, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Available Technologies tool. The tool provides a free, one-stop shop to locate licensing opportunities for a particular technology anywhere within the FLC's nationwide system of federal labs and research centers. Fully equipped with Google's advanced search capabilities, the FLC Available Technologies tool yields user-friendly results that can be saved, printed, or downloaded as a PDF with active hyperlinks that directly link to the featured technology.  This webinar is aimed at industry and academic representatives who would like to find out more about how this tool can reduce the time, effort, and guesswork needed to find federal laboratory inventions available to transfer are encouraged to participate.  This webinar was presented by Mojdeh Bahar, Chief of the Cancer Branch at the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health. 

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"Branded Food Products Database for Public Health" Public-Private Partnership
July 23, 2013

ATIP Webinar ImageGUIRR held a webinar introducing the mission, structure, and initiatives of the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation (ATIP Foundation), which consists of 9 research and economic development organizations distributed across the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has asked the Foundation to establish 2 public-private partnerships to promote economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices, and to ensure that comprehensive food industry data will augment the USDA National Nutrient Database. The latter initiative, on augmenting USDA National Nutrient Database with "nutrient composition of branded foods," is a joint project with the International Life Science Institute (ILSI) North America and USDA's Agricultural Research Service. This presentation includes remarks from the 3 partners in this nutrition initiative, highlighting how it will benefit researchers and the food industry. The webinar is particularly relevant for federal and university researchers in diet, dietary link to chronic diseases, and functional foods; nutritionists; dietitians; major food manufacturers, retail food distributors; health insurance providers; research and education foundations; and food associations.

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National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
June 4, 2013

NNMI imageGUIRR hosted a webinar on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which will consist of over 15 linked regional clusters.  NNMI is based on the idea that manufacturing plays a critical role in the American economy; underpins U.S. innovation; creates high-paying, value-added jobs, and is essential to national security.  Each Institute will have a unique technology focus that will leverage and expand the industrial, research, and institutional strengths of the region and will catalyze collaboration through shared capabilities and equipment.  In bridging the gap between applied research and product development, Institutes will educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills.  This presentation provides information on the latest vision and news from the NNMI initiative.  The webinar features Brad Kinsey, Assistant Director for Research Partnerships, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Scott Smith, Assistant Director for Technology, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office.  

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Catalyzing Innovation: NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
May 9, 2013

DNA graphicOn Thursday, May 9, 2013, GUIRR held a webinar featuring the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).  Officially established in December of 2011 as the NIH’s newest Center, NCATS strives to strengthen the entire spectrum of translational research. NCATS defines translational research broadly to include the early steps necessary to develop new therapeutics, devices and diagnostics from basic discoveries, the steps necessary to establish real world efficacy, and the research needed to improve the practical implementation and dissemination of improved approaches to care.  This webinar presentation provides an overview of NCATS many innovative programs and initiatives in the translational research space and how to access NCATS activities.  Our featured presenter was Ms. Lili Portilla, Acting Director of the Office of Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at NCATS.   

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Preview of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Report
April 25, 2013

MIT CoverGUIRR hosted a webinar on MIT's Production in the Innovation Economy report.  The report looks at how innovation flows from ideas through production into the economy in order to identify the types of production needed, and where that production should be located, to sustain an innovative economy.  During this webinar, you will hear about the preliminary findings of the report task force.  Our featured presenter was Dr. Martin A. Schmidt, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Provost at MIT and a member of the report task force.     

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NSF's Small Business Programs: Providing Seed Funding for Small Businesses to Bring Innovative, High-Impact Technology to Market 
March 21, 2013

NSF logoGUIRR held a webinar on the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs which provides equity-free grant funding (from $150,000 to $1 million per awardee) each year to hundreds of small businesses, most of them start-ups, to support early-stage research and development of innovative and high-impact products and services.  The goal of these programs is to help catalyze the creation of scalable, sustainable businesses which can drive commercial revenues and job growth.  This webinar covered the philosophy of the program, how the grant process works, and shared some of the program outcomes over the past few years.  NSF's Dr. Ben Schrag, Program Director, SBIR/STTR, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships was this webinar's featured presenter. 

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Introducing RFP-EZ: Government and Small Business Working Together
February 26, 2013

SBA logoOn Tuesday, February 26, 2013, GUIRR hosted a webinar on RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies.  RFP-EZ was launched in a "beta" (pilot) version by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows.  Our featured presenter for this webinar was Mr. Andrew Lee, a Senior Adviser with the SBA. 

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The i6 Challenge: Creating Regional Innovation Ecosystems  
January 26, 2013

i6 Challenge Light BulbGUIRR hosted a webinar on the U.S. Department of Commerce's i6 Challenge program.  The i6 Challenge is a multi-agency grant that promotes innovative, groundbreaking ideas that accelerate technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth across the U.S. The program encourages and rewards universities and research centers for creating proof of concept centers that identify innovations to commercialize and help them to put together the building blocks to create high growth, successful companies, including business model support, access to investors, mentors and access to potential customers.  On our webinar, we heard from Mr. Nish Acharya from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, an i6 Challenge winner from the University of Akron Research Foundation.    

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The NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program: Building Innovation Capacity through Partnerships 
December 13, 2012

IUCRC GraphicOn Thursday, December 13, 2012 GUIRR presented a webinar on the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program.  The I/UCRC program's goal is to establish strong partnerships between universities and industry through the conduct of cooperatively defined, industrially inspired fundamental research. From NSF, Dr. Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, lead program director for I/UCRC, and Dr. Lawrence Hornak, Program Director in the Academic Cluster of Programs of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships in the Directorate of Engineering, presented joined by Mr. Dennis Fortner, Senior Manager of Intellectual Property and Strategic Technology Agreements at Northrop Grumman, providing an industry perspective on I/UCRC.  

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Making America's Research Universities Flourish: Reviewing the Findings of the National Research Council's "Prosperity Report"
November 20, 2012

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On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm EDT, GUIRR hosted a webinar on the National Research Council's report Research Universities and the Future of America.  The report presents critically important strategies for ensuring that our nation's research universities continue to produce the knowledge, ideas, and talent needed for American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century.  Our featured presenter was Mr. Charles "Chad" Holliday, Jr., chair of the committee that put together the report and Chairman of the Board for Bank of America, joined by Dr. Peter Henderson, the report's study director.    

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NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps): Using Entrepreneurship to Promote Technology Commercialization
October 3, 2012

ICorps LogoGUIRR hosted a webinar on the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, presented by Dr. Dedric A. Carter, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director at the NSF.  I-Corps is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic research projects.  I-Corps' primary goal is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology that has been supported previously by NSF-funded research.   

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Research Arms Race: The Current Health and Future Well-being of the American Research University
September 12, 2012

Elsevier CoverOn Wednesday, September 12, 2012, GUIRR hosted a webinar reviewing the impetus and findings of a report entitled The Current Health and Future Well-being of the American Research University examining the challenges facing US research universities that claims the institutions are currently caught in an unsustainable and counterproductive “research arms race.”  The report was produced by the Research Universities Futures Consortium and three consortium representatives spoke on the webinar: Dr. Brad Fenwick, University of Tennessee/Elsevier; Dr. Gregory Reed, University of Tennessee; and Dr. Charles Louis, University of California, Riverside.  A recording of the webinar and the speakers' slides are available through the links below. 

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GUIRR hosted a webinar on, an online platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with ChallengePost that empowers the U.S. Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation's most pressing challenges.  The challenges are set to identify a solution to a particular problem or reward contestants for accomplishing a particular goal. Prizes (monetary or non-monetary) often accompany challenges and contests.  Our presenters were Tammi Marcoullier and Karen Trebon from the GSA.  A recording of the webinar and the speakers' slides are available through the links below.  

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Managing University IP
June 21, 2011

Managing IP coverOn June 21, 2011, GUIRR hosted a special webinar reviewing the impetus and findings of a new National Academies report entitled "Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest".  The presenters were Dr. Stephen A. Merrill from the National Academies and Dr. Mark S. Wrighton from Washington University in St. Louis.   

Webinar recording

Merrill Powerpoint slides
Wrighton Powerpoint slides