Industry-sponsored research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison comprises an important component of our research portfolio. Of the more than $1 billion in annually received research funding, business sponsorship accounts for $34 million. Nevertheless, significant potential for increasing the number and value of industrial partnerships exists. To foster this growth, the university established the Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) in 2012. OIP works with companies whose interests range from access to cutting-edge basic research to technology commercialization. OIP provides institutional review and negotiation of agreements supporting these relationships, and serves as a point of contact for UW investigators and industry partners. We offer a flexible and individualized approach to establish industry partnerships while upholding the university’s missions related to education, research, and public service.
OIP is guided by an Advisory Committee that includes UW–Madison faculty and industry representatives and works closely with other campus offices, including the offices of Research and Sponsored Programs, Administrative Legal Services, Corporate Relations, and Research Compliance, as well as the UW–Madison Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic and the university’s designated patent management organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
OIP also provides a variety of outreach options. Please refer to the Outreach & Events topic page for more information, or to the Find Your OIP Contact page for individual questions.