UIDP Academy: The Future of Academic-Corporate Consortia
July 31 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Here’s your opportunity to attend two UIDP Academy Workshops at the University of Oxford. You can explore the campus, stay overnight at historic Keble College, dine in the magnificent Victorian Gothic Dining Hall – all for one fee. See details below.
This workshop takes place immediately prior to the Oxford UIDP Summit and
requires its own registration. To attend the Oxford UIDP Summit, you must apply to register separately.
The Future of Academic-Corporate Consortia Overview
For many years, companies and universities have partnered to create pre-competitive research consortia. Governments, and increasingly foundations, have also been key investors/enablers by creating programs to facilitate these efforts. With decades of experiences and various models for building such consortia, and considering recent landscape changes, it is particularly timely to identify best practices as well as impact of university-industry (U-I) research consortia and examine whether they are achieving desired outcomes. This workshop will consider prior experiences, evaluate expectations and needs of the various stakeholders (companies, universities, governments, and non-profits) supporting these consortia, and what changes can be made to enhance successes of these programs and bolster their positive impacts.
Survey and Workshop Topics
Via a survey, we will garner feedback from the broader UIDP community on these topics
- Due diligence. How do you determine when a university-industry consortium is the optimal path to achieve a research or commercial objective
- Creators. What are the most likely (and perhaps successful) sources of consortia ideation and creation (government, industry, and university)
- Vision. How might a vision of such consortia be established
- Scope. How do you best determine the research and technology scope of these consortia
- Size. How do you determine optimal size of these consortia to achieve outcomes
- Funding. What are the best funding models for these consortia and What is the proper role of government or foundations in financial investment in these programs
- Operations. What operating models have shown to work
- Sustainability. How can these centers be maintained financially sustainable over periods of time
- Students. What roles do students (undergraduate and graduate) play in these consortia
- Contemporary issues. What recent changes and disruptions are taking place at the U-I boundary
- New models. What new consortium models and best practices could help address those disruptions
8:30 – 8:45 A.M. Welcome
8:45 – 9:15 A.M. Current State of Consortia – survey results
Christopher Ramming, VMWare
A survey was created and distributed to practitioners as a way to garner a broader set of perspectives for this workshop. The survey results will be presented and used to catalyze discussions during the event.
9:15 – 10:00 A.M. Creating Consortia
Pramod Khargonekar, UC Irvine
In creating these partnerships, many questions must be considered and addressed to ensure that the appropriate level of due diligence is performed and ensuring that the pre-competitive U-I research consortia model works best for achieving the desired outcomes. Many players (companies, government, universities, and others) have vested interest. We will consider what has been done and recommend approaches in the future.
10:00 – 10:15 A.M. Break
10:15 – 11:00 A.M. Managing and Sustaining Consortia
Grace Wang, SUNY
Once created, there is a myriad of issues that must be addressed to manage and sustain these pre-competitive U-I research consortia. Issues include governance structure, financing, size of programs, role of students and other professionals and scope of work to be performed. This session will consider these issues as well as other relevant topics
11:00 – 11:45 A.M. Tabletop Discussion: Consortia – Pathway Forward
Wade Brown, Novartis
Leveraging the experiences of workshop facilitators, participants as well as the survey results, individuals will engage in small group discussions and identify recommendations for optimizing the way that current consortia operate and future consortia can be crafted to maximize impact. Each group will be provided with a specific topic for consideration.
11:45 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Discussion, Report outs and Conclusions
Each group will be asked to present their findings and socialize among attendees. Ultimately, plans call for capturing the results from these discussions and crafting them into a document that can be broadly disseminated.
CONFERENCE LOCATION AND LODGING
Please download the logistics memo for more important event details.
Cost includes two workshops, lodging at Keble College for one night (Tues., July 30), all meals and receptions on July 30 and breakfast and lunch July 31
This UIDP Academy Workshop takes place immediately prior to The Oxford – UIDP Summit