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GUIRR Members' Meeting

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Tough economic times and financial constraints that are not likely to lessen anytime soon are encouraging a rethinking of how we can best, as a nation, fund research in the sciences, engineering, and technology. Federal research agencies have launched, utilized, or are proposing new funding mechanisms that are less like the traditional research and development grant and more akin to direct investments in technologies that may be perceived as critical to a particular agency. State governments are also exploring novel ways to advance research from the bench into the marketplace, including crowdfunding and creative public-private partnerships. With this GUIRR meeting, members will consider new financing models and mechanisms designed to leverage resources and more efficiently convert the nation’s research assets into economic assets, thereby increasing the nation’s overall competitiveness.

Meeting Materials


Monday, February 24, 2014

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address 
"Improved Funding Mechanisms to Support Creative, High-Risk/ High-Reward Research"

  • Mr. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House 
  • Moderator:  Dr. Jack Gansler, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and GUIRR University Co-Chair
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks   

  • Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont and GUIRR Co-Chair
8:15-9:15 am 

Creating an Innovation Financing Ecosystem 

9:15-10:15 am 

Financial Innovations for Translational Biomedical Research 

  • Mr. Richard Basile, Founder, BioPontis Alliance Foundation
  • Dr. Andrew W. Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance and Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management
11:00-11:30 am 

In-Q-Tel: Strategic Investor for the CIA

  • Mr. Jeffrey Smith, Partner, National and Homeland Security Practice Chair, Arnold & Porter LLP
11:30 am -12:00 pm 

Private Finance Mechanisms to Facilitate Space Exploration 

1:15-1:45 pm 

Science Foundation Ireland and Science Foundation Arizona: Designing Replicable Models for Effective Industry-University Partnerships

1:45-2:15 pm Breakout Labs: Reshaping the Way Early-Stage Science is Funded   
2:15-3:00 pm

GUIRR Project Updates

  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) – Dr. John Hickman, Director of Global University Relations and Life Sciences, Deere & Company and UIDP President
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) – Dr. Susie Sedwick, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, University of Texas at Austin and FDP Chair
  • International Research Collaborations (“I-Group”) – Dr. Arturo Pizano, Manager, University Collaboration Program,
    Siemens and I-Group Co-Chair
  • GUIRR Webinars and Other Activities – Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
3:00 pm