Industry Sponsored Research and Collaborations
Our office welcomes inquiries into collaborative research engagements with industry partners. Through these relationships, we can help further develop your innovations into market-ready products, or collaboratively create novel innovations that will position your portfolio for success.
Looking for expertise?
Faculty, staff and students work directly with businesses and organizations to solve problems through discovery, translating knowledge and building a community supportive of innovative thinking and creative people. We also work with a variety of funding organizations and programs that enable partnerships to start with small projects and then expand as the activity develops.
We encourage you to explore the breadth of the UMs research areas and capabilities, or to contact us directly to discuss your specific needs.
How can a new technology help my business?
Our patented technologies are early-stage and are available for licensing to industry partners looking to complement or fill gaps in their product pipelines.
Licensing a technology from the university allows you to gain early access to the innovation, often at a price tag significantly lower than if you were to develop the technology yourself. However, since our technologies often require proof-of-concept and are usually not market ready, our innovations require an industrial partner that understands the risks of licensing an early stage technology.
We encourage all potential industry partners to contact our office and speak with one of our Technology Transfer Specialists, who can guide you to the right technologies and scientific resources to meet your organization’s needs.
For more information, please consult of our list of current licensing opportunities.
Our office supports the non-commercial distribution of research outputs to disseminate valuable know-how into the community. We support the free sharing of research outputs through data and material repositories or open source where these channels provide the greatest opportunities for research tools, data, discoveries and code to have a meaningful impact and to develop research communities working towards shared goals.
The emergence of open source software in particular has had a profound effect on the availability and development of many widely adopted technologies, and is a key part of the momentum shift toward open innovation. Our office can provide advice as to which open-source license might be appropriate for your dissemination goals.
Certain research outputs such as research tools, and protocols are well-suited to dissemination to a large group of people at modest or no cost. Our office may provide these tools through a license agreement, exclusively or non-exclusively depending on the nature of the partnership.