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May 8
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Contracting Connection

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A UIDP Monthly Webinar Offering – Open Discussion Forum

The UIDP ( is pleased to announce a monthly learning webinar and open discussion forum for member representatives charged with negotiating industry-sponsored research agreements. This series features contracting or engagement issues that are currently trending, emerging, or just generally challenging.

May 2018 Topic: Clarifying Budget Challenges

Have you ever tried to decipher an industry or university project budget? Or tried to resolve an inconsistency between the budget and the payment provisions, apply F&A (overhead, indirect cost), distinguish between equipment and supplies or vendors and subcontractors or calculate faculty salary or pay rates? Do you know when and how to re-budget during a project? What happens if a project terminates earlier than expected?

Participants should be prepared to ask about their own budget challenges and to learn and discuss how to make budgets as simple and transparent as possible.

 Webinar Specifics:

  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern
  • Each month will feature a different topic of interest
  • 10-15 minute presentation featuring leading practitioners followed by live Q&A
  • Free to UIDP member representatives – please register using work email address

Forum Moderator:

Elaine Brock is President and Senior Partner at Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority, LLC, where she provides advice and counsel to universities, nonprofits, and businesses on research-related issues. Elaine serves as Project Manager for UIDP’s Contract Accords.

March 2018 Presenters:

Lisa Lorenzen – Director, Office Of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Iowa State

Lisa Lorenzen is the Executive Director of the ISU Research Foundation and Director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer OIPTT), focused on technology transfer and economic development. The ISU Research Foundation owns and manages intellectual property on behalf of Iowa State University. The OIPTT markets and licenses intellectual property and negotiates contracts related to sponsored research with industry and manages grant programs related to economic development. Before joining ISU in March 1999, Lisa worked for five years as a computational biologist in the bioinformatics group at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Wendi Yajnik – Head of R&D Transactions, Strategy and Business Development at Sanofi

Wendi Yajnik is the Head of Research and Development at Sanofi. She has previously worked at Partners HealthCare and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, serving in research and innovation positions. Wendi received her BA from Farleigh Dickinson University, and her postgraduate degrees from New York University.

More Details:

Interested parties must register each month with future topics announced on prior calls.

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