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Industry Partnership: What’s in it for researchers?

March 27, 2023 — Successful partnerships often start with a conversation between a university professor and an industry researcher. Then the talk turns to action, and things can get complicated. Strategic partnerships require a diverse set of professionals behind the scenes to achieve long-term, fruitful outcomes. Universities (and often large, research-centric companies) have their own […]


U.S. multi-agency policy report draws on findings from UIDP Bioeconomy Workshop series

March 24, 2022 – This week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a new report, “Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing: Harnessing Research and Development to Further Societal Goals,” which outlines priorities for both private and public sectors to pursue R&D in biotech and biomanufacturing. The report draws from contributions […]


Untangling Titles in U-I Partnerships

March 20, 2023 — Among the highest ranking titles in the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream enterprise is “grand poobah,” currently held by Sean Greenwood, its PR and communications director. Granted, Ben & Jerry’s is known for its sense of humor, but title obfuscation is rampant in the research collaboration and partnership space. Professional titles […]


The Rocky Road to R1: HBCUs Pursue Research Distinction

March 13, 2023 — Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) outperform global university research averages in myriad subjects by 40%, according to Elsevier statistical analysis compiled for UIDP and shared during a webinar this month. Eleven HBCUs are ranked as doctoral universities with high research activity, or R2, and significant activity is underway for several […]


Engagement with small businesses: Plenty of opportunity but limited bandwidth

Excerpted from the March 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. UIDP members can view the entire issue here. It’s not that industry engagement executives have anything against working with smaller companies; in fact, the idea of working with these companies, including start-ups, can be the beginning of an exciting process as both the company and […]


New Member Spotlight: Tennessee State University

UIDP welcomes Tennessee State University as a new member organization. We spoke with Quincy Quick, associate vice president for research and sponsored programs and chief research officer. Quick shared his vision for Tennessee State’s research enterprise and why he supports HBCU Engage. UIDP: Tell me a little about Tennessee State’s goals for sponsored research engagement—the big […]


Template Agreements and the Challenges of One-Size-Fits-All

March 6, 2023 — It’s often said that if you’ve seen one sponsored research agreement, you’ve seen…one sponsored research agreement. But the argument is frequently made for template agreements as helpful tools for collaborative research, offering partners a jumping-off point for negotiation. Useful template agreements promise to save time and resources by setting out basic […]


Untangling Joint Solicitations: Less Red Tape, More Revenue, Returns, Results

Feb. 27, 2023 – With an eye toward solving complex global challenges, stakeholders in academia, industry, and government are crafting new approaches to maximize the impact of research investments. Joint funding solicitations are building momentum as an avenue to solve complex, often technology-focused research questions by collaborating across sectors to rapidly address industry-wide R&D challenges. […]


Americans call for federal investments in R&D while EU activates innovation in more countries

Feb. 20, 2023 – For most of American history, support for federal involvement in much of anything has waxed and waned depending on political movements, economic stability, and other social currents. But the successful R&D response to the COVID-19 pandemic created powerful support for federal investments in research and development (R&D). What incredible advances can […]


Pitt enhances industry partnership efforts with implementation of customized CRM tool

Excerpted from the February 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. UIDP members can view the entire issue here. Editor’s note: a number of PowerPoint slides are referenced in the article below, which could not be reproduced in the issue itself but provide important illustrations for the concepts discussed around the University of Pittsburgh’s CRM system. […]