UIDP Active Projects

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

Our member representatives identify, create and test demonstrations and practical approaches to address both operational and strategic issues, resulting in proofs of concept and unique insights for U-I collaboration going forward. At any given time, the UIDP has a set of active, diverse projects underway. 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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Multi-party Contracts

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 info@uidp.net.


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.


Academic Medical Center-Industry Engagement

Working with healthcare industry leaders and medical students to develop materials to educate medical students and residents about conflict of interest and how to work with industry


Public Dedication of IP

Analyzing public dedication models with the goal of generating practical guidance and reference material on current / best approaches.


UI Global Contracting

Creating a compendium of the general terms and conditions used in U-I collaborations in countries offering significant opportunities to US corporate and academic organizations.


UI Startup Nexus

Considering ways start-up companies are shaping and facilitating university-industry relations.


Effective U-I Engagement Practices

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


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.


Innovation Centers

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


Communicating Collaborations

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


Economic Impact of R&D

This project is focused on finding ways to illustrate the economic impact of U-I collaboration at local, state, and regional levels.


Industry Funded Capstone Projects

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


Comparing Internal Structures

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


Clinical Trials Working Group

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Careers in Industry

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

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