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University Partnerships

If a business/entrepreneur has developed a product or service that needs to be further researched, they will often engage a university to perform the additional research through a sponsored research agreement. The university may require certain types of agreements in addition to the Sponsored Research Agreements (such as Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements or Option Agreements.) Universities are increasingly encouraging their faculty to commercialize research by offering them a portion of the revenue it generates.

For information on licensing research from universities, go to the licensing topic page.

See the following universities for information on sponsored research.

Marquette University

Marquette faculty continues to win substantial grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Marquette engages industry and often forms multi-institutional partnerships with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin system and others.

Medical College of Wisconsin Research Foundation

The primary objective of the Medical College of WI Research Foundation is the development of collaborative research & development and the transfer of medical advances into the commercial sector. In FY 2006-2007, there were 46 new discoveries and inventions to the College’s Office of Technology Development. The College currently has 215 pending and issued patents in the U.S. and foreign countries. The College has launched 17 start-up companies and licensed technologies to 50 pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and medical device corporations.

Milwaukee School of Engineering

MSOE is recognized across the country as a university dedicated to excellence and innovation in research. The Applied Technology Center™ (ATC) is a reflection of this national reputation. It undertakes more than 250 company-sponsored research projects every year that are focused on providing real solutions to some of industry’s biggest problems.

University of Wisconsin Madison Corporate Relations

The mission of the Office of Corporate Relations is to serve the needs of the business community and help build a stronger Wisconsin economy in the 21st century. A collection of resources on and off the UW-Madison campus to help entrepreneurs, inventors and investors make the connections they need to form and grow successful new business enterprises.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Research Foundation

The UWM Research Foundation is working to develop corporate strategic partnerships with companies in the Milwaukee region and beyond by helping provide these companies a pipeline of talent, access to technology developed at UWM and collaborative relationships with UWM researchers in basic and applied research.

University of Wisconsin – Parkside

The Solutions for Economic Growth Center provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working with companies and organizations to solve business problems.  Student teams are assigned to the selected projects and are run using a strict project management approach.  All teams also have a faculty member with whom they work throughout the duration of the project. The Global Education Center provides international business expertise to southeastern Wisconsin businesses.

University of Wisconsin Whitewater Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs mission is to facilitate the procurement of external support through research grants, contracts, and technical assistance agreements; to administer internal support for research; and to document and publicize the scholarly achievements of members of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater community.

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