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Past Webinars

NRC Report: 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
NIH LogoOn July 30, 2014, GUIRR 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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Cybersecurity
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
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
Lab to Market ReportOn April 7, 2014, GUIRR 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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Lab to Market Report
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Creating a Materials Innovation Infrastructure: The Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Innovation Accelerator Network
MGI Webinar ImageOn September 25, 2013, GUIRR 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
FLC Webinar ImageOn 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
ATIP Webinar ImageOn July 23, 2013, GUIRR 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
NNMI imageOn June 4, 2013 GUIRR 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
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
MIT CoverOn Thursday, April 25, 2013, GUIRR 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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MITNews article on the PIE report

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NSF's Small Business Programs: Providing Seed Funding for Small Businesses to Bring Innovative, High-Impact Technology to Market 
NSF logoOn Thursday, March 21, 2013, GUIRR 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
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  
i6 Challenge Light BulbOn Thursday, January 24, 2013, GUIRR 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 
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"
NRC Report CoverOn 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
ICorps LogoOn Wednesday, October 3, 2012, GUIRR 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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Elsevier CoverResearch Arms Race: The Current Health and Future Well-being of the American Research University
On 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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Challenge.gov: A Tool for the Government and the Public to Innovate Together
On Thursday, August 9th GUIRR hosted a webinar on Challenge.gov, 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
On 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.   

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