Researcher Guidebook Aims to Improve Industry-University Partnerships

The Georgia Institute of Technology is pleased to announce its collaboration on a new publication aimed at helping industrial and institutional researchers work together more effectively.

Researcher Guidebook – A Guide for Successful Institutional-Industry Collaborations” is now available online as a resource for active researchers from academia, government labs and industry.

“We think the guidebook will be tremendously useful for faculty, helping them better position research proposals and research work for industry sponsors,” said Jilda Garton, vice resident and general manager of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and immediate past president of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnerships (UIDP). “For both industry and university collaborators, it’s useful to understand what the other party is going to expect and how it is going to perform.”

This practical manual was prepared by a working group of the UIDP, an organization of universities and companies convened by the National Academies to enhance the environment for university-industry partnerships in the U.S.

Georgia Tech is a founding member of the UIDP, and its participation in the organization supports the Institute’s strategic mission to improve the ecosystem for industry-university collaboration.

The idea for the guidebook was born out of a UIDP meeting hosted by Georgia Tech in March 2010, when a series of presentations about collaboration between research teams at Georgia Tech and Kimberly-Clark pointed out challenges in working together. Once the guidebook project launched, more than 30 UIDP member organizations and institutions contributed to its development.

The guide is divided into two sections – one to address issues specific to university, nonprofit and government researchers and another focused on issues specific to industry researchers. By presenting these two different perspectives, the guidebook identifies key elements for developing more successful collaborations and provides practical advice on a range of topics.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation holds the copyright for the guidebook and is helping the UIDP manage public access.

The guidebook project was led by John McEntire from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy, with co-chairs Dudley Sharp, recently retired from Arizona State University, and Rebecca Silverston-Keith from Lexmark International.

About the UIDP

The UIDP exists for industry, academia and other research and innovation organizations, such as national labs, hospitals and nonprofit research labs, to work together to enhance the environment for university-industry partnerships and research collaboration in the United States. UIDP provides a forum for university and industry representatives to meet and discuss contracting and intellectual property policy, publication and technology transfer preferences, and other issues. To learn more, visit


About Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world’s premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, the Institute enrolls 21,000 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech is the nation’s leading producer of engineers as well as a leading producer of female and minority engineering Ph.D. graduates. Holding more than 780 patents and receiving approximately $570 million in sponsored awards, Georgia Tech ranks among the nation’s top ten universities (without a medical school) in research expenditures. Visit for more information.


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