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UIDP Active Projects

UIDP Project Phases

IAdvisor CorpsCreate a secured database to access content experts within the membership
IICase StudiesShowcase and inspire high-value, high-return partnerships
IClinical TrialsWork to broaden acceptance of the Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA)
ICorporate Requests for Proposals (RFP)Identify key elements which should be incorporated into Requests for Proposals
ICo-Locating Industry on University CampusesElucidate the benefits and drawbacks of providing campus space to a company
IIContract AccordsTackle issues affecting university-industry sponsored research agreements
0Graduate Industry InternsProvide NSF I/UCRC graduate students with industrial research opportunities
IIIdeas to Innovation WorkshopsAdvance idea to innovation process in emerging technology areas
IMaster Research AgreementsDevelop a Key Elements Guide on Master Research Agreements
IMedical Student Industry EngagementFacilitate balanced education on healthcare professionals' interactions with industry
IINational Laboratory ProjectFacilitate understanding of ways to engage with DOE national laboratories
IINegotiation Agreement WorkshopsInteractive experiences for university/industry negotiators and decision makers
IIPartnership ContinuumRevision of 2009 Partnership Continuum Publication
IPublic Dedication of Intellectual Property (IP)Analyze public dedication models and generate current-best-approaches
ISharing Industry-University Internal Structures
Elucidate internal structures of companies and universities to facilitate collaboration
IUniversity-Industry Global ContractingCreate a compendium of contracting conditions in various countries
IUniversity-Industry-Startup NexusConsider ways startup companies are shaping, facilitating industry-university relations

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UIDP Completed Projects

Business Advising – This project focuses on how universities can effectively provide business advising services to companies both inside and outside the university ecosystem. The project also provides companies with insights and strategies on how to tap into these services and guide the work to provide a high return on their investment. 

Federal Flow Down Clauses   Prime contractors often negotiate a US government contract without considering the impact of flow downs for university subcontractors that if understood upfront, would facilitate the subcontract process and result in subcontracts that are optimal for both the Prime and the university. This project proposes to identify best practices around negotiating USG flow down clauses in a way that could improve subcontractor negotiations and results. The project's intent is to raise the level of awareness of USG clauses that are problematic for universities, identify alternative approaches or clauses that have been successfully used, and develop a UIDP accord that identifies the issues and challenges and provides guidance around them.

IP Quick Guide – This project serves to create a quick guide to help Universities and Industry get answers to commonly occurring questions around the role IP plays in relationships and agreements.

Measures and Metrics  Quantifying the value proposition of UIDP, showing progress made to the members, and improving promotion of the organization and its offerings. 

Partnership Continuum – Universities and companies use a multitude of mechanisms for partnering with each other to advance their interests. This project seeks to systematically categorize and perform a critical assessment of this continuum of partnership possibilities that will assist others in the future.

Partnership Webinar Series
 – The UIDP hosts the Partnership Webinar Series to highlight programs and initiatives that support or impact university-industry collaborations and promote US competitiveness. Information about upcoming webinars is available on the UIDP homepage.

Researcher Collaborative Visits This project will identify issues that must be addressed in order to provide maximal value to both parties engaged with researcher collaborative visits, emanating from universities or companies. Examples include university faculty doing sabbaticals in industry and industry researchers spending a period of time at an academic institution.

Researcher Guidebook Many institutional (i.e. universities, national labs and other nonprofit organizations) investigators wish to work with industry to advance their research agenda and ensure relevance of their scholarly pursuits. These investigators face challenges in identifying appropriate strategies for making the necessary connections within industry and dealing with industry related cultural differences. Industry researchers face similar challenges. Industry project leaders and researchers may seek to access academic assets (personnel and infrastructure) to advance their product development and innovation programs. The UIDP is creating a strategic tool targeted at promoting greater understanding of the issues that face both parties in order to facilitate more effective relationships to the mutual benefit of both parties.