Sponsored Research and Development

Sponsored Research Agreements (SRAs) are an important and widely used mechanism for industry sponsorship of directed research in university laboratories.

In this type of arrangement, one or more companies fund a university researcher to conduct a specific project with defined objectives of interest to the companies. Typically, SRAs are used to perform specific tasks on known potential products or developing technologies. The NTI plays a vital role by matching the development needs of its corporate members to university laboratories, and providing matching funds to accelerate its development.

The proposed work must advance the development of, demonstrate the commercialization potential of, or otherwise increase the commercial value or alternative use of nanotechnology-based initiatives.  These projects require demonstrating the progression of a technology towards commercialization, i.e., products.  They must show how the results will move the technology towards a marketable technology or product.  An executed Sponsored Research Agreement must be in place prior to any disbursement of matching funds.  In addition, the IP terms must be in the SRA must allow for potential revenue to the Institution(s).

PA Department of Community and Economic Development

“Technology Investment Office looks to NTI as a valued partner in harnessing the technology based economic development opportunities within PA’s nanotechnology community.”

—C. Alan Walker
Secretary, PA Department of Community
and Economic Development