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What is the UIDP?

UIDP stands for the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. The mission of the UIDP is to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and industry in the United States. Its core member organizations consist of companies and universities. The convener of the UIDP is the National Academies.

How can my organization become a member of the UIDP?

Universities and companies may join the UIDP as regular members. These members are represented at meetings by university research officers, their industry counterparts in external technology development, licensing officers, and legal experts. Almost 80 universities and companies are currently members of the UIDP. Any interested party may become an Affiliate of the UIDP and attend organizational meetings. This group includes staff from federal agencies who have a mission to advance research and commercialization, venture capitalists, service providers and others. If your organization would like to contribute to and benefit from strengthened university-industry research partnerships—while helping to support U.S. competitiveness in the R&D arena—please click here to contribute.

Does the membership of the UIDP represent all types of organizations?

The UIDP was intended to represent the entire web of stakeholders in university-industry relations. On the industry side, a variety of industrial sectors and company sizes are represented, such as biotechnology, chemicals, consumer products, defense, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and software. On the university side, both private and public universities, small and large, are also at the table. Government interests and foundations are also engaged through organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. View a list of members...

Who started the UIDP?

The concept and design of the UIDP stemmed from a predecessor group, the University-Industry Partnership. The University-Industry Partnership consisted of a strategic set of thirty five individuals that were assembled by the Industrial Research Institute and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). The first meeting of the University-Industry Partnership was held in August, 2003 in San Francisco. This meeting was hosted by NCURA as part of the NCURA annual meeting. Subsequent meetings were held at the National Academies using the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) as the neutral convener. View more information about the history of the UIDP...

What problem does the UIDP aim to solve?

Successful university-industry partnerships result in benefits to society such as economic growth and an increase in public accessibility to scientific discovery and development through commercialization. However, issues such as intellectual property and conflicting views on the dissemination of information often lead to a break-down of negotiations. U.S. companies are increasingly turning to foreign research universities that offer improved access to intellectual property rights. The net result is that American competitiveness suffers. The UIDP aims to identify and produce solutions for the major roadblocks to productive university-industry partnerships.

How is the UIDP addressing the roadblocks to successful university-industry partnerships?

The UIDP members work in concert to accomplish the organization’s strategies for enhancing the value of university-industry partnerships in the United States through various mechanisms:

  • Develop and test tools that streamline university-industry agreements
  • Achieve consensus on guiding principles for university-industry collaborations
  • Challenge long-held beliefs on innovation, sponsored research, and technology transfer through the accumulation of data
  • Find and disseminate best practices in university-industry partnering around the globe
  • Foster extensive personal networks among university and industry representatives

Who funds the UIDP?

Members pay a yearly fee to support the UIDP and this funding supports a small staff, the organization of regular meetings and the planning and execution of related initiatives, such as TurboNegotiator.

What kinds of services does the UIDP provide?

UIDP provides a forum for representatives from universities and industries to come together to discuss intellectual property and other issues over which disagreements are likely to arise. These conversations might otherwise never take place, and they help each side come to the table with a better understanding of their counterpart’s culture and interests. While the UIDP does develop and test tools that streamline university-industry license agreements, it does not perform any licensing for organizations.

What kind of projects is UIDP doing?

The UIDP is constantly pursuing new projects that support cooperation between universities and industries. For the latest information on our activities, please visit our Projects page.



Applied Sciences and Engineering Solutions Research Program, Penn State University
Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable
Intellectual property
Industrial Research Institute
Memorandum of understanding
National Academies of Science
National Council of University Research Administrators
Research and development
University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
University-Industry Partnership