Industry-University Research Collaborations: Report of a Workshop



28-30 November 1995

Duke University



Workshop sponsors:

Industrial Research Institute

Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable

Council on Competitiveness



The purpose of this report is to encourage dialogue about the nature of collaborative research ventures. The views expressed in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not represent official policy statements of the Industrial Research Institute; the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and its sponsoring organizations, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine; or the Council on Competitiveness.



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--> Industry-University Research Collaborations: Report of a Workshop 28-30 November 1995 Duke University Workshop sponsors: Industrial Research Institute Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Council on Competitiveness The purpose of this report is to encourage dialogue about the nature of collaborative research ventures. The views expressed in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not represent official policy statements of the Industrial Research Institute; the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and its sponsoring organizations, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine; or the Council on Competitiveness.

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--> The Industrial Research Institute The Industrial Research Institute was founded in 1938 under the auspices of the National Research Council. Its purposes are to promote, through the cooperative efforts of its members, improved, economical, and effective techniques of organization, administration, and operation of industrial research, including means for more effective interaction with other corporate functions; to generate understanding and cooperation between the academic and industrial research communities; to afford a means for industry to cooperate effectively with government in matters related to research; to stimulate and develop an understanding of research as a force in economic, industrial, and social activities; to encourage high standards in the field of industrial research; and to promote communication and interaction with industrial research organizations in other countries. The IRI is an association of some 260 major industrial companies that provides a means for the coordinated study of problems confronting managers of industrial research and development. The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The Research Roundtable was created in 1984 to foster strong American science and engineering through effective working relationships among government, universities, and industry. The Research Roundtable does not make policy recommendations and does not develop advice or recommendations on specific policies or programs within the range of responsibility of participating government officials. The Council on Competitiveness The Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit forum of chief executives from business, university, and labor working together to set a national action agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness. The Council believes that competitiveness is a compelling priority for the country as a whole because it underpins the standard of living of every American as well as U.S. leadership in the international community. Copyright © by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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--> Contents     Introduction   1     Background to Case Presentations   4     Single Company/Multi-University Model,   4     Multi-Company/Single University Model,   4     Single Company/Single University/State Support Model,   4     Multi-Company/Multi-University Model,   4     Summary of Case Presentations   6     Case Study I: Hoechst-Celanese-Rutgers University-North Carolina State University-University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,   6     Case Study II: The MIT Media Laboratory,   7     Case Study III: Cabot Corporation-Pennsylvania State University-Pennsylvania-Ben Franklin Partnership,   9     Case Study IV: University of Rochester Center for Electronic Imaging Systems,   10     Break-Out Groups: Objectives   12     Characteristics and Measures of Successful Partnerships,   12     Criteria or Predictors of Success,   13     Approaches to Improving Industry-University Partnerships in the U.S.,   15     Concluding Discussion   16     Bibliography   18 Appendix A:   Acknowledgment   23 Appendix B:   Workshop Agenda   24 Appendix C:   List of Participants   27

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