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2017 Project Summit Session Details

The Project Summit in San Diego, CA, is jam-packed with hands-on sessions to move UIDP projects to the next level. For this Project Summit, we’ve organized the content we’re going to tackle into four themes, or tracks. Each track includes several different UIDP projects. Below are details to help you decide which sessions to attend.

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Catalytic Efforts to Advance Commercialization

This track is intended to capture projects in UIDP’s wheelhouse that can speed and streamline the commercialization process. In addition to UIDP’s efforts to assist its member organizations in working together more efficiently and effectively, these projects are intended to catalyze commercialization by creating new pathways and identifying existing opportunities.

SBIR & Regional Innovation Hubs: Government agencies are considering new approaches to the SBIR program. Join the conversation about new models that are emerging for developing and engaging regional innovation hubs.

Objective: To evaluate emerging models that leverage the SBIR program and regional innovation hubs and to identify pathways for replication across the country.

Industry Initiated University Research Consortia: The role of companies in the development of government funding solicitations tends to be limited. In an effort to help government funded university projects to align with industry needs, UIDP is working with NSF to explore options for industry to provide insights into future research needs. In particular, UIDP would like to explore the possibility of an IUCRC-style program where industry proposes ideas and recruits university partners to participate.

Objective: To identify feasible characteristics for a new style of government funded, university-industry consortia.

Engagement with Startups: UIDP is looking to understand UIDP members’ needs in relation to working with startup companies. Given the deep experience of NSF in supporting startups, UIDP has invited someone from NSF to facilitate this session.

Objective: To identify UIDP member needs relating to engagement with startups.

Industrial Venture Collaborations: The purpose of this proposed project is to identify efficient, potentially uncommon, methods of comparing university capabilities to industry needs. A handful of approaches have been discussed at recent UIDP gatherings. This project seeks to identify a variety of approaches and the necessary steps for implementing them.

Objective: The goal of this session is to use the UIDP Project Application as a guide for developing a clear set of goals and a reasonable timeline for this project.

Identifying & Leveraging Value

This track includes two projects focused on identifying and growing partnerships and two projects that focus on identifying and capitalizing on the value of U-I partnerships through metrics and economic impact.

Decision Tree for Selecting U-I Partners: In many companies, decisions about which university to select for a particular project are left in part or in whole to individual business unites. The level of familiarity with the type of research best suited for a university can vary widely. As a result, UIDP is launching a project to identify the different decision criteria that a company should use when determining if the project is appropriate for a university. The goal of this project is to capture the views of universities about the types of projects they are best suited to execute and to use this information to develop a tool that can be used internally by UIDP member companies.

Objective: To outline a decision tree that companies can use internally for determining if a project should be done internally, at a university, or a different type of organization.

Economic Impact of R&D: The intent for this session is to identify a set of economic development officers to discuss how they assess economic impact and how they think about economic impact in the context of R&D. This session will be open discussion with the goal of advancing the UIDP project.

Objective: To enhance the understanding of economic development among UIDP members and to use this understanding to develop the proposed infographic on economic impact of U-I collaboration.

Strategic Approaches to Metrics: This session is a continuation of UIDP’s Metrics project. The current Metrics Quick Guide is under revision. The purpose of this revision is to capture more information about how metrics can be used for strategic decision making.

Objective: To revise the Metrics Quick Guide to capture principles of strategic decision making.

Contracting with CROs: This newly proposed project centers on the challenges that universities and life science companies face in expediting work with CROs. Previously, a number of UIDP member representatives worked with a set of CTSA funded universities to develop the Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA) and companion agreements relating to both non-disclosure and CROs.

Objective: To determine if the work done on the CRO-ACTA is sufficient to address the challenges of working across companies, universities, and CROs. If the work done to date is not sufficient, then the purpose of this session will be to identify specific issues that can be addressed through UIDP’s project process.

Workforce Development

UIDP is developing resources that assist companies and universities in the transfer of talent that happens as people move from the university to industry setting. In this track, we’ll exame issues around internships, capstone projects and preparing students for careers in industry.

Graduate Industry Internships: In recognition of the value of graduate students gaining real-world industry experience as a part of their graduate school education, UIDP is launching this project. UIDP members have shared a few successful examples of graduate industry internships. The goal of this project is to use those examples a foundation for outlining a feasible path toward broader implementation of the graduate industry internship concept.

Objective: To outline the challenges associated with graduate students working for companies and to start to identify approaches to addressing these challenges.

Industry Funded Capstone Projects: The purpose of this project is to outline the characteristics that make undergraduate, industry-funded capstone projects successful. The project will also outline the benefits to each party (company, university, student).

Objective: To review the draft materials and refine them.

Preparing Students for Industry Careers: This session will serve as a wrap-up to UIDP’s Careers in Industry Project and as a follow-on to UIDP’s November workshop on this topic.

Objective: To identify follow-on opportunities and gaps in the current approaches to informing students about their industry career options.


This track explores contemporary contracting issues relating to international collaborations, software, and pre-competitive consortia.

Contrasting Non-US Government Funding Approaches: UIDP will present a comparison of government funding approaches in different countries. The purpose of this session is to help UIDP members to understand how government funding affects the characteristics of U-I sponsored research projects in different countries.

Non-US IP & Contracting Issues: This topic will use the prior presentation as a foundation for discussion about the reasons that different countries may be considered desirable places for sponsored research.

Objective: To review and elaborate on the information for UIDP’s Global Contracting project.

Contract Accords – Creating a Glossary: In response to repeated requests for a glossary that captures the definitions that UIDP uses in its publications, the long awaited “glossary” function on UIDP’s website is now active. This working group session will be used to identify the terms that should be included in UIDP’s contracting glossary and to review the definitions that will be used.

Objective: To identify the terms and definitions for the UIDP Contracting Glossary

Project Status: The Contract Accords has been approved by the Project Committee.

Pre-competitive IP Approaches: This project is intended to be a follow-on from UIDP’s Consortia Workshop. The purpose of this project is to address the challenges of IP terms associated with precompetitive research by identifying a set of IP approaches that have been successfully deployed.

Objective: To capture the different approaches that have been used for precompetitive research agreements and to clarify the reasons of choosing one approach over another.

Contract Accord 16: Software: The purpose of the Contract Accords is to identify contentious issues in sponsored research agreements and to develop an understanding of how these topics can be adequately addressed for mutual benefit. This session will focus on developing and refining the Accord on Software.

Objective: To revise and add content to the draft of Contract Accord 16: Software