UIDP Active Projects

UIDP Projects are activities that address a specific challenge or need affecting U-I partnerships and collaboration.

At any given time, the UIDP has a set of active, diverse projects underway. Projects can be both strategic and tactical, and provide insights and approaches to support successful academic-corporate engagement in several areas:

Contracting • Government Engagement & Economic Development •

Sponsored Research Administration • Strategic Partnerships • Workforce Development


Click here to learn more about our project process and here to download a one-page overview of our projects and publications.


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Phase I


Phase II


Phase III


Phase Title / Description

Digging into Corporate Foundations


Professors of Practice


Creating and Maintaining High Impact Industry Days

Exploring best practices to create effective “Industry Days” events.


Transforming Vendor Relationships into U-I Partnerships

Ideas to consider when pursuing a deeper partnership between a company and university who previously had a “vendor” relationship.


U-I Collaborations in Pursuit of Public Funding Opportunities

Identifying best practices for securing federal and state funding for U-I collaborative research


Strategic Roadmapping

Identifying techniques for linking the strategic vision of an organization to the development of organizational capabilities that enable meeting short- and long-term strategic goals


Corporate Affiliate Programs

Determining best practices for establishing and sustaining corporate affiliate programs at universities


Closing Curriculum Gaps: Best Practices for Integrating Industry Training Needs into University Curricula

Exploring how industry partners can fill gaps in formal curriculum at universities


Effective U-I Engagement Practices

Identifying the top characteristics, features, and practices that make companies and universities easy to work with.


Contract Accords

Tackling significant issues affecting university-industry sponsored research agreements and developing practical guidance and detailed reference material to help universities and companies address challenges in negotiating sponsored research agreements.


Partnership Continuum

Identifying the mechanisms by which universities and industry can partner with each other to advance their interests. A critical assessment of this continuum of partnership possibilities will assist others in facilitating future partnerships.


New Models for U-I Collaboration

Exploring the benefits and limitations of conducting new contracting models with industry partners.


Comparing Internal Structures

Helping companies and universities understand the internal structures and functions that affect U-I partnerships.


Master Research Agreements

Examining how master research agreements help companies and universities to deepen their strategic relationships and identifying the key elements that make Master Research Agreements successful.


Clinical Trials Terminology Glossary

Developing a standardized publicly accessible set of definitions for clinical trials terminology. The working group is also continuing its partnership with the CTSA CTA Working Group to develop a CRO version of the ACTA & ACDA. View the finalized ACTA and the organizations who have accepted it here.


National Lab Project

Aggregating information on the mechanics of contracting with national laboratories in the context of a CRADA. Analyzing publication and patent data to better understand effective partnerships with national labs.


Partnership Showcase

Tapping into UIDP members’ real-world insight and experience to showcase examples of high-value, high-return partnerships with the goal of inspiring new, successful U-I collaborations.


Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA)

A standardized agreement for industry-sponsored, multi-site clinical trial studies, intended to reduce contracting delays. Developed in collaboration with Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) institutions. Click here to read publicly accessible information on this project.


Advisor Corps

A secure, opt-in database where UIDP members can share their expertise and access other content experts from across the membership to help them address challenges they don’t have the bandwidth to solve alone.


Corporate Request for Proposals

A guide that identifies strategic approaches to help companies develop requests for proposals (RFPs) that target academic institutions and experts who meet specific research and development and commercialization needs.


Pending Publication: Maximizing the Outcomes of University-Industry Visits

Identifying key issues to consider when planning and implementing strategic U-I visits.


Federal Flow-down Reference Guide

Strategies for understanding and dealing with government flow-down clauses between a prime contractor and its subcontractors.


Principled Partnerships: Reframing Conflict of Interest

A quick guide to help interested parties develop clear understanding about the importance of U-I research partnerships and how potential financial conflicts can be effectively addressed and managed.


Researcher Collaborative Visits Quick Guide

A guide that identifies the benefits, challenges and issues that must be addressed in order to provide maximal value to both parties engaged with researcher collaborative visits.


Researcher Guidebook + Quick Guide

A practical handbook to help active industrial and institutional researchers work together more effectively. The Quick Guide provides academic and industrial perspectives on key issues discussed at length in The Researcher Guidebook.


University Business Advising

A guide to University Business Advising (UBA), including practical steps and real-world examples of how to create or improve UBA programs in your workplace.


Pending Publication: Maximizing the Benefits of Advisory Boards

Considering best practices for establishing university-industry advisory boards.


PhD Student Internships in Industry

Understanding how companies and universities can integrate industry work experience into graduate education.


Under Review: Precompetitive IP Approaches

Examining different IP terms used for pre-competitive research and the conditions for considering one approach over another.


Innovation Centers

Developing a catalog of the types of innovation centers that exist and explaining the different types.


Communicating Research Collaborations

Developing quick reference and in-depth resources for researchers to use when communicating university-industry research collaborations and their results.


Academic Medical Center-Industry Engagement Project

Maximizing academia's likelihood to secure partnerships with industry.


Careers in Industry

Developing resources to assist university students in exploring and considering career opportunities in industry.


Industry Sponsored Undergraduate Capstone Projects

Examining the key elements of undergraduate capstone projects funded by industry.


Pending Publication: Public Dedication of Intellectual Property

Providing an alternative approach for managing foreground intellectual property generated from industry sponsored research agreements.


Leveraging the Triple Helix

Identifying federal, state, and foundation funding opportunities that target university-industry collaboration and creating resources that bring UIDP members together to pursue these opportunities.


Co-Locating Industry on University Campuses

Reviewing current practices of companies co-locating staff on university campuses, with the goal of articulating the advantages, drawbacks, risk and benefits of academic institutions providing on-campus physical space to corporate entities.


University-Industry Collaboration Metrics

Analyzing available data to evaluate the effectiveness of specific U-I collaborations with the goal of developing a scorecard for internal use in assessing the success of a collaboration.

Upcoming UIDP Meetings


More Events

  • 12/4/19
    UIDP Bay Area Forum

    Join us Dec. 4-5 at the Bay Area Forum for sessions on contemporary issues affecting collaborations between the academic and industry sectors and more.

  • 12/3/19
    Broadening University and Industry Engagement

    Join UIDP and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Dec. 3 for the Broadening University and Industry Engagement Symposium.

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