One of the most significant ways industry can support research at UC Berkeley is by sponsoring research.
The IPIRA Industry Alliances Office (IAO) assists in establishing, developing, and formalizing relationships between UC Berkeley and companies interested in sponsoring research. Contact IAO to discuss how an agreement with a for-profit company can be developed to meet the needs of the situation. IAO officers will assist you from beginning to end.
A for-profit company provides funding to Berkeley for use by a researcher or research team on a particular scope of work. Before UC Berkeley can invoice for the research funds, the Industry Alliances Office (IAO) works with you and the company to define the project and write and sign a contract outlining the terms of the relationship including rights in intellectual property, confidentiality, publication, and more.
If you are seeking funding from a foundation or other non-profit entity (such as a U.S. or foreign university), or a state or federal government agency, contact the Sponsored Projects Office for assistance.
If you seek research gifts, or if the company wishes only to provide gift funding, contact University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) or your department development officer.
IAO can support you by negotiating a variety of research agreements between UC Berkeley and for-profit industry sponsors, as well as all material and data providers, whether industry or not:
Visit the Berkeley Grant Life Cycle website for guidance through the research proposal submission and award administration process.
Research proposals must be submitted through the Phoebe Proposal System for UC Berkeley review and authorization at least four days prior to the sponsor's deadline. Phoebe automatically routes proposals to the Industry Alliances Office for all grants or awards funded by industry.
To request a data use agreement (DUA), see IAO's Data Use Page.
To request a material transfer agreement (MTA), see IAO’s MTA Page.
Contact IAO for more information on how to submit an industry research proposal or material transfer agreement.
Anytime a sponsor requests a scope of work and budget as part of a potential funding opportunity, principal investigators (PIs) should contact IAO or SPO as soon as possible. Submitting proposals related to research, instruction, and/or public service from UC Berkeley without the oversight and approval of one of the above offices violates university policy. Therefore, this information should not be provided to the sponsor, even informally, without prior review by IAO or SPO.
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