Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers
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Center Management Tools
IUCRC Specific
General Cooperative Research Centers

This page contains links to resources for Center Directors, Operations Personnel, and Evaluators. Links provide information and tools for improving center management. If you have links you would like to share, please send them to the I/UCRC Evaluation Team.

IUCRC Specific

NSF I/UCRC Governance Requirements

MOUs for Centralized Fee Collection: CAPPS, CeNTIRE

IAB Chair Role Description: Developed by the Membrane Applied Science, Engineering, & Technology Center

Gray, D.O. & Walters, S.G. (1998). Managing the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center: A Guide for Directors and Other Stakeholders.  Columbus, OH: Battalle.

PSERC By-Laws, Operations Manual & Project Solicitation: Participants at the Director's Roundtable discussion at the 2012 NSF IUCRC Directors Meeting found the information contained in these documents particularly helpful for understanding management of multi-university centers.

Arbegast, W., Logar, T., & Corwin, E. (2010). The Center for Friction Stir Processing: A case study for managing a multi-site Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology: Rapid City, SD.

Online LIFE: Level of Interest Feedback and Evaluation site used for obtaining IAB feedback on center projects

Dr. Haber's Behaviorally Anchored LIFE

Keys, Tips, & Guidelines for Center Semi-Annual meeting Success: A guide distributed at the 2005 Center Directors Meeting

IUCRC New Project Selection IAB Voting Spreadsheet: Spreadsheet for tabulating votes to fund new projects.

Anatomy of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center: The Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California Berkeley has, since 1986 (more than twenty‐five years), had a major impact on the research foundations and consequent commercialization of MEMS and NEMS. This has been achieved through creative combinations of resources, incentives, and shared goals involving Academia, Industry, and Government. The strongly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary operational model of BSAC (a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center) is described.

Project Health Metrics & Dashboard: Project-level metrics and dashboard developed by the Manufacturing & Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) IAB Leadership Task Group, and approved by the Ma2JIC IAB, January 2018. Includes rationale, metrics, and dashboard format for monitoring and visualizing project health.

General Cooperative Research

SSTI (from their website): A national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving government/industry programs that encourage economic growth through the application of science and technology.

Wikipedia entry for the Science of Team Science

National Cancer Institute's Science of Team Science website at Northwestern University

ERC Best Practices Manual: Although the ERC program has very different funding structure and program expectations some of the "best practices" they recommend to their directors (e.g., technology transfer) may be of interest to I/UCRC directors.  The link will take you to the ERC Best Practices Manual that was produced by the ERC Association.

The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation: The aim of the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation is to harness and leverage the complementary expertise of academia, industry and government to facilitate new systems for innovation and novel collaborative processes for creative development.

Network of Academic Corporate Relations Offices, Benchmarking Committee: Five Essential Elements of Successful Twenty-First Century University Corporate Relations Programs

MIT Sloan Management Review: Best Practices for Industry-University Collaboration

Office of Science & Technology Policy - Science of Science Policy: The goal of the Science of Science Policy community is to provide a scientifically rigorous and quantitative basis for science policy. The website provides a central location with news, information and research to help inform the Federal Government's science management decisions. We welcome the active engagement and participation of Federal practitioners, researchers, and others in the broader science community. 

Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) System for Industrial Innovation - A Handbook for Innovation Leaders: The main purpose of the CIMS System for Industrial Innovation is to help organizations quickly develop ideas into legitimate, profitable business opportunities; capture these opportunities in a compelling business case to secure the necessary resources; and establish the necessary governance system and plan required to implement them. In other words, the System for Industrial Innovation lays out an entire business system and strategy for actually doing breakthrough innovations.

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Webpage last updated on: February 8, 2018