Industry can support research at Berkeley in a variety of ways. One of the biggest is by sponsoring research. Sponsoring research means providing funding to Berkeley for use by a researcher or research team on a particular scope of work. IAO staff at Berkeley will be glad to discuss how an agreement can be constructed to meet the needs of the situation.
IPIRA’s Industry Alliances Office (IAO) handles various agreements involving research funded at UC Berkeley by for-profit industry sponsors. If your research will involve interactions with and funding from industry sponsors, our IAO officers are here to help you with the process.
IAO officers are here to assist you from beginning to end - from early discussions to proposal submission, negotiation and post award processing. We negotiate a variety of research agreements with industry, ranging from multi-million dollar sponsored research agreements to confidentiality agreements to SBIR and STTR subcontracts from small businesses.
IAO handles many types of agreements. The FAQ below provides instructions on how to get started, relevant forms, and UC policies governing industry sponsored research and related agreements.