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UIDP, core partners launch NSF’s new Engineering Research Visioning Alliance

New organization will convene engineering voices to identify opportunities and priorities for innovative research that benefits society After a competitive process, UIDP has been awarded a five-year, $8 million cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation to create and manage the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA). This first-of-its-kind program has a single focus: To identify [...] READ MORE

U.S. Federal Research Funding Inches Up

As the world emerges from the pandemic, we’re seeing greater recognition of the role of governments to invest in the research that will help us address future challenges. An article analyzing a U.S. federal research budget bill passed in December highlights $165 billion in total R&D funding for 2021—an increase of 1% over 2020. A […]


UIDP releases FY2020 Annual Report

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2020, it is how quickly the world can change–and how quickly we can adapt and remain strong. In this report, you’ll read about UIDP’s activities in FY2020–from execution of our first international event to our first virtual event, plus our projects, publications, new surveys and podcasts, and new […]


New Member Spotlight: Georgia State University

UIDP welcomes Georgia State University as a member organization. With six campuses in the Atlanta metro area, Georgia State has greatly expanded its research program in the past decade, with investments increasing by more than 141% since 2010.   UIDP spoke with Jay Kahn, vice president of advancement and president of the Georgia State University […]


David Tyndall, Collaborative Real Estate: The value of a collaborative environment

UIDP’s Community Partners are organizations and agencies that are not eligible for general membership, but whose mission and work are complementary to UIDP. They possess skills and tools that are relevant to the UIDP community and that boost our efforts to develop and disseminate strategies addressing common barriers to university-industry collaboration.   We recently spoke […]


UIDP Survey | 2021 Forecast: Internships and Investment in Sponsored Research (2021)

Early in 2020, UIDP surveyed its members about workforce and talent development plans and the anticipated issues and barriers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite rapid development of vaccines, the fate of the 2021 round of student internships and co-op programs is top of mind for professionals managing these programs. Economic factors could also affect […]


Why it’s challenging for industry to engage in government research collaboration

By Kristina Thorsell UIDP Senior Project Advisor Two panel discussions from the UIDP Triple Helix Days event held in October get to the heart of the barriers and challenges for industry engagement in government research collaboration—whether independently or, more often, with an academic partner. The panelists spoke candidly about their experiences and offered tangible examples […]


UIDP 1-Minute Survey | Role of Alumni in Advancing University-Industry Partnerships

Alumni can be instrumental in strengthening relationships across the university-industry (U-I) engagement spectrum . For example, Zaib And Amir Husain, alumni tech entrepreneurs, donated $5 million in 2020 to launch a machine learning laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin to house a new NSF-funded ArtificiaI Intelligence Institute, and the University of Florida’s AI […]


New Member Spotlight: University of Alabama in Huntsville

UIDP welcomes the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as a new member organization. Although best known for its research partnerships with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and other important Department of Defense partners, UAH is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the […]


UIDP 1-Minute Survey | Industry Internships for Ph.D. Candidates

The 2019 UIDP Quick Guide, PhD Student Internships in Industry, highlighted the value of these experiences for PhD candidates as well as for the industries that provide paid internship opportunities. There is increasing interest in PhD internships as a pathway to industry employment, particularly in STEM fields. We asked UIDP industry members about their experience […]