On December 13, 2012, the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a special webinar on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program. The Program has an over 30 year track record of growing the innovation capacity of the U.S. industrial enterprise through its centers that touch nearly every technological sector. The goal of the I/UCRC Program is to establish strong partnerships between universities and industry through the conduct of cooperatively defined, industrially inspired fundamental research. These partnerships result in industry support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university-developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry.
University researchers, students, and administrators; business and government agency representatives; and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in this webinar to learn about the ways they can get involved in the I/UCRC program. Currently 61 I/UCRCs, more than 900 faculty members, along with some 1800 students carry out the research at these centers annually. Centers nationwide have over 1000 memberships from large industrial firms, small businesses and nonprofits as well as federal agencies, state governments, and national laboratories. Numerous universities have multiple I/UCRCs that serve as a means to organize their interactions and nucleate activity with specific industry sectors.