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Working with Industry Boot Camp

Increased collaboration between industry and universities is of paramount importance in today's global knowledge economy. The Offices of the Vice President for Research, the Kansas State University Foundation and the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization have collaborated to develop a focused series of training sessions to provide faculty and staff with tools to help establish mutually beneficial industrial collaborations and develop strong strategic partnerships. Professional development training credit is available through the Human Resources Information System (HRIS).


Sessions were initially delivered in spring 2015 and are available here as recordings. Select a session below to watch archived videos.

Orientation:  Why Industry-University Partnerships Are Important for K-State

The orientation speakers share information on how corporate partnerships will play a significant role in achieving K-State's vision to be a top 50 public research university by 2025. 

Kickoff:  KSURF? KSUF? KSU-IC? IP? PI? PAS? DOD? Making Sense of K-State's Alphabet Soup

Participants will gain insight into how to connect the dots between their constituents and the overall K-State industry relations portfolio.

Session 1:  Making the Connection: I'm Invited to the Dance, But I Don't Have a Dance Partner (Part I)

This session will help you understand how to initiate interactions with corporations and demonstrate to potential industry partners that K-State and its faculty members value industry relationships and understand how to maximize the effectiveness of corporate partnerships.

Session 2:  Making the Connection: I'm Invited to the Dance, But I Don't Have a Dance Partner (Part II)

Out of this experience they have developed a number of contract templates, and their staff can help determine which one best fits any given situation.

Session 3:  How to Formalize the Relationship

This session introduces contract templates and discusses how to determine which one best fits any given situation.

Session 4:  Managing Expectations and the Relationship

This session offers tips to help insure that your sponsored projects lead to sustained corporate partnerships that benefit you, your students, and the corporation.

Session 5:  Developing and Managing the Outputs of Your Project

This session will provide you with tips and tools to insure that you are meeting your contractual obligations in a timely and commercially relevant manner, which will in turn lead to sustained industry partnerships.

Additional Resources

Researcher Collaborative Visits Quick Guide (pdf)

Intellectual Property Handbook (pdf)

K-State Contact Information (pdf)

WWIBC Presenter Bios (pdf)

University-Industry Demonstration Partnership

K-State is a member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) and is committed to implementing best practices and innovative approaches in its industry collaborations, which includes considering the project scope and planned activities when working with industry to develop sponsored project agreements appropriate for each collaboration.

UIDP provides a number of helpful publications and reports. Because K-State is a member institution, our faculty and staff can create a login and password with their K-State email to access members-only information.  If you are an industry partner, we can share these documents to support the development of collaborative efforts. If you wish to become a member of the UIDP, you will find additional information here: https://www.uidp.org/membership/

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All rights reserved. The K-State Working With Industry faculty training materials or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher, except for the use of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. Please address permission requests:

Attention: Rebecca Robinson
Director, Knowledge Based Economic Development
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66502