WEBINAR SERIES: “Working at the University-Industry Interface: Effective Strategies for Active Researchers”

January 29, 2018

A shifting landscape of federal research funding and declining corporate research and development budgets make university and industry collaborations highly attractive.

Learn how to establish and manage these collaborations in a webinar series offered to the university community by the Division of Research’s Office of Industry Contracts with support from the Watt Family Innovation Center and the Clemson University Research Foundation.

Representatives from the Office of Industry Contracts and the Clemson University Research Foundation will be available for questions or further discussion at the end of each webinar.

To help faculty pursue opportunities for industry collaboration, CURF is offering an opportunity for faculty who attend the webinar to receive a travel stipend valued at $250 to be used to support registration or travel expenses (airfare, lodging) to an upcoming industry-related conference or meeting. A drawing for the stipend will be held at the end of each webinar. Those eligible are faculty or research faculty who attend the webinar and are present at the time of drawing.  The stipend will be in the form of travel reimbursement and CURF will require pre-approval of the designated conference/meeting.

The webinar series – “Working at the University-Industry Interface: Effective Strategies for Active Researchers” created by Academic Impressions and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership – will guide you through the nuances and complexities of research collaborations between university and industry. Over seven sessions, experts at research universities and global corporations carefully cover the most critical considerations for creating win-win relationships:

  1. Navigating the benefits and challenges
  2. Managing expectations and creating relationships
  3. Establishing contacts and handling proprietary information
  4. Preparing proposals and budgets
  5. Addressing compliance and contracting issues
  6. Negotiating intellectual property (IP)
  7. Leveraging government involvement

The sessions are ideal for faculty researchers, research center directors, research administrators, technology transfer officers, and any additional stakeholders who cultivate, negotiate or manage industry partnerships.

Upcoming Webinar Sessions

Managing Expectations and Creating Long Term Relationships
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Watt Center Auditorium
Speakers:  Randy Hall, vice president for research, University of Southern California; and Stewart Tansley, program manager, research and academic relations, Facebook

Establishing Contacts with Industry and Research Institutions and Dealing with Confidential/Proprietary Information
Wednesday, March 7, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBD
Speakers: Stephen Fleming, vice president, strategic business initiatives, University of Arizona; and Paul Fanson, manager, research strategy office, Toyota

Preparing Proposals and Budgeting
Wednesday, March 21, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBD
Speakers: Abby Benson, assistant vice chancellor for research and innovation, University of Colorado Boulder; and Gaylene Anderson, U.S. director, contracts and alliance management, Boehringer Ingelheim

Addressing Compliance, Contracting and Consulting, and Outside Activities
Wednesday, April 4, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBD
Speakers: Katie Morris, university director, research contracting, Indiana University; and Charles Adelsheim, contracts and licensing manager, research and strategic collaborations, Varian Medical Systems

Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Issues
Wednesday, April 25, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBD
Speakers: Dushyant Pathak, associate vice chancellor for technology management and corporate relations, University of California, Davis; and Mary Jo Meyer, director, intellectual property management, Givaudan

Benefiting from University-Industry Collaborations with Government Engagement
Wednesday, May 2, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBD
Speakers: Theresa Mayer, vice president for research and innovation, Virginia Tech; and Chris Ramming, research manager, VMware

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