Cherry Blossoms

Working with Companies

There are many reasons why working with companies can be beneficial to you and your research program. By working with companies, you can:

  • Diversify your funding sources.
  • Stay connected with real-world problems that industry is facing.
  • Build partnerships that can be invaluable when competing for large federal grant opportunities.
  • Access Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grand funding.
  • Create products and services that benefit society by working with companies to commercialize inventions from your lab.
  • Give students who work on company-sponsored projects valuable experience and career opportunities.
  • Earn licensing income from companies who want to license inventions from the projects they sponsor.

How Companies Engage with Universities

Types of Funding

Corporate Funding Challenges

NDAs and CDAs

Intellectual Property and Licensing