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UIDP Active Projects

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

At UIDP, we identify challenges and crowd source solutions through our Project Process. Projects are both strategic and tactical in nature. UIDP Projects provide insights and approaches to support successful university-industry engagement in several areas. Click here to download a one-page overview of our projects and publications. Interested in our project process? Watch the video.


Contracting • Partnership Management & Research Administration •

Government Engagement & Economic Development • Workforce Development & Student Engagement


UIDP members are invited to propose new projects and to participate in existing projects. Any employee of a UIDP member organization is welcome to participate in UIDP projects. Want to engage by supporting a project? Learn about Project Accelerator Awards.


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Effective Management for Faculty Consulting for Industry


On-Boarding for Contracting Personnel


Contractual Considerations for Industry Personnel on University Campuses


How to Build a Career Path in Academic-Corporate Engagement


Non-Financial Partnerships


Multi-party Agreements

When there are multiple parties to an agreement, there are several issues that need to be managed. A proposed UIDP project on multi-party contracts has not officially been added to our project portfolio. If you are interested in leading UIDP's efforts to reduce the challenges associated with multiparty agreements, email


Virtual Internships

An opportunity for corporate internship coordinators to share their experiences with converting their internships to a virtual format. Explore the value proposition and best practices for virtual internships.


Virtual Visits

Identifying techniques for capitalizing on the advantages of online U-I collaborative meetings while mitigating the challenges of not meeting in person


Industry Postdoc Programs

This project will create a quick guide that describes the various issues associated with establishing and operating a high performing industry based postdoctoral program.


Virtual Recruiting Strategies

Identifying the different ways in which a company can recruit students without showing up in-person on-campus.


Engineered Serendipity

Understanding how events can be designed specifically for the purpose of increasing the likelihood that viable research collaborations will result.


High Impact Industry Days

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


Precompetitive Research & IP Approaches

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


Students & Contracting Issues

Clarifying the contracting issues related to student involvement in industry-sponsored research projects


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


University-Facing Industry Research Organizations (UFIRO)

Exploring the structure and function of University-Facing Industry Research Organizations


Closing Curriculum Gaps: Integrating Industry Training Needs into University Curricula

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


UIDP COVID-19 Response Discussions

In an effort to assist UIDP members in their response to COVID-19, we are hosting a standing weekly call to address challenges that arise from the need to shift from in-person meetings to remote collaboration approaches.


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.


Under Review: Maximizing the Outcomes of University-Industry Visits

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


New Models for U-I Collaboration

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


Joint Employment

Explore the value, structure, and function of joint hires


Public Funding & U-I Collaborations

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


Effective U-I Engagement Practices

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Corporate Affiliate Programs Guide

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


Industry-Sponsored Undergraduate Capstone Projects

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


Public Dedication of Intellectual Property

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


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.


Corporate Affiliate Programs List

UIDP is offering a comprehensive list of different corporate affiliate programs our University members offer and their features.

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