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January 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am EST
January 29, 2020 @ 3:30 pm EST
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Arizona State University
1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Bldg. 3)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257-3538 United States
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UIDP Contracting Forum 2020

January 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 29, 2020 @ 3:30 pm EST

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Discover the keys to successful university-industry research contract negotiations at Contracting Forum 2020, January 28-29 at SkySong, The Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center

I would absolutely attend again. The relationships are indispensable. Each time I meet old friends, I make new friends, and those friends are built around business relationships. And those are the best friendships in terms of strengthening and enhancing what we do. ─ Jarrett Ellis, MEd, JD, Senior Associate, Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Come to the Contracting Forum 2020 to meet with contract negotiators from both academic and corporate sectors, and learn about contemporary issues and strategies for advancing the time to agreement. At this event, a large, diverse set of topics will be covered with presenters from universities such as Georgia Tech, MIT, Stanford, and UVa, as well as companies such as Boeing, Deere, Sanofi, and Varian Medical.

The Contracting Forum 2020 is part of UIDP’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers to speedy negotiations for university-industry sponsored research agreements. Although much of this work to date is captured in the Contract Accords, the Forum will provide academic and industry participants with new in-depth information regarding university policy, procedures and culture while giving our university participants an opportunity to learn more about what is important to different industry sectors.


UIDP Members may log in to view presentations. Non-members, please contact for access

Forum Highlights

  • Master Agreements
  • New Contracting Models
  • Public Dedication Models
  • Weighing Risk during Negotiations, and
  • Software Agreements

Fundamental and Intermediate/Advanced Tracks are offered to maximize impact for attendees.


Speaker Spotlights

Elizabeth Adams


Elizabeth Adams, Princeton University, on the benefits of master research agreements and more.



Sophia Herbert-Peterson


Sophia Herbert-Peterson, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, on background IP and recent trends in contracting.



Mark Ralph


Mark Ralph, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, on overcoming challenges that slow contract negotiations.




Lesley Millar-Nicholson, MIT, on restructuring MIT’s research administration.



Contracting Forum 2020 Co-chairs

  • Cindy McDonald, Supplier Management at The Boeing Company
  • Sophia Herbert-Peterson, Director, Office of Industry Engagement, Industry Collaborations at Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Committee

Elizabeth Adams, Princeton University

Charles Adelsheim, Varian Medical

Robin Beach, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Wade Brown, Novartis

Bill Catlett, University of Texas, Austin

John Evermann, Johns Hopkins University

Erin Hall, MIT

Steve Harsy, University of Arizona

Sophia Herbert-Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lisa Lorenzen, University of Missouri

Cindy McDonald, The Boeing Company

Lesley Millar-Nicholson, MIT

Kim Rosenfield, Dartmouth College

Keith Spencer, GSK

Kevin Wozniak, Georgia Tech

Frances Williams, Tennessee State University


SkySong, The Arizona State University
Scottsdale Innovation Center

1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Bldg. 3)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Wednesday, January 28, 2020
5:45-7:45 p.m.
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4312 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Element Scottsdale at SkySong
1345 North Scottsdale Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85257

The Element Scottsdale at SkySong is located on the SkySong campus,
site of the Contracting Forum 2020.

  • Complimentary wired and wireless internet access in guest rooms
  • Complimentary full hot buffet breakfast daily
  • Complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius of the hotel
  • Swimming pool access

Group rate: $329.00
Book your room now
(Apply the group code OKEOKEA under “special rates”)


Aloft Tempe
951 East Playa Del Norte Drive
Tempe, AZ, 85281
The Aloft Tempe hotel is located 1.5 miles from Arizona State University and minutes from Tempe Town Lake, and the vibrant nightlife of Mill Avenue.
As an Aloft Hotels guest, you will also enjoy:

  • Shuttle service is available to and from the ASU SkySong Campus.
    Please call the front desk to arrange a pickup.
  • Free self-parking
  • Fast & free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • WXYZ®bar
  • 24/7 Recharge fitness center
  • Free bottled water and coffee, in room

Book your room now at the current ASU Rate.
(rates vary
no code needed)


Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Tempe
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale – Old Town
3 Palms
Scottsdale Marriot Suites Old Town


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Contracting Forum

  • Members: $500
  • Non-Members: $1,500




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