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UIDP Releases Comparing Internal Structures Guide

Comparing_Internal_Structures_2UIDP releases new guide about how universities are structured to work with Industry.

Most universities are large, complex organizations that possess a multitude of offices that have some clearly defined responsibilities for industry engagement. For a company with a limited history of university relations, partnering with a university can be confusing and frustrating. Although both types of institutions have a defined organizational structure, it is not always clear at a university which office sets the university’s strategic direction and priorities, who bears ultimate responsibility for a particular transaction, and which other offices need to be involved. Communications among various offices can affect the ability to initiate new activities and, for sponsored research, extend the timeline for negotiations and negatively affect future efforts with a company.

This guide is designed to educate company representatives on how universities are structured, how they operate, and how dealing with a university in the context of establishing a sponsored research contract or interaction may differ from dealing with a commercial subcontractor.

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Also published this month

The Corporate RFP Quick Guide to help universities and companies increase the value proposition and outcomes of Corporate RFPs, and the Master Research Agreements Guide, which examines the benefits, drawbacks, and key elements of MRAs and what differentiates them from individual sponsored research agreements. Read more here.