PoultryTech Newsletter, Volume 26, Issue 1, Spring, 2014
Georgia Tech’s Contract Continuum Streamlines University-Industry Collaborations

Strong industry partnerships have been the driving force behind the success of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP). For the past four decades, ATRP has worked with Georgia’s poultry, food processing, and agribusiness sectors to develop new technologies and adapt existing ones for specialized industrial needs. Transitioning as many of these technologies from R&D prototypes to commercial products is a top priority of the program.

The Georgia Tech Office of Industry Engagement’s Contract Continuum offers four contracting mechanisms that make it easier for industry to engage with university researchers at any point in the R&D process, from early stage research to product launch. These straightforward research agreements also streamline the contracting process for companies and reduce intellectual property negotiation times.

Read on to learn more about the contracting mechanisms, and for more information on working with ATRP, e-mail Doug Britton, ATRP program manager, at doug.britton@gtri.gatech.edu.


Basic Research Agreement

Explore fundamental challenges in a technical area

As one of the nation’s top research universities, Georgia Tech is committed to conducting basic research that advances our fundamental understanding of the world. This form of research is typically driven by scientific questions that lay the foundation for technological progress. When Georgia Tech collaborates with industry via a Basic Research agreement, the industry partner has the opportunity to license the resulting intellectual property (IP). These early collaborations are often the foundation for new products that spur business growth for a company.


Applied Research Agreement

Identify solutions to real-world challenges

The Applied Research agreement enables Georgia Tech researchers to help industry partners explore the viability of a technology and overcome practical challenges. Under an Applied Research agreement, the company pays a defined fee to gain access to IP that is generated during the project. The company obtains rights for exclusive access to the IP for a specified period of time within a defined field of use. This enables industry partners to develop and launch a product with very low risk, gaining a first-mover advantage. After the exclusivity period is over, the company can 1) extend the exclusive rights or 2) convert to a non-exclusive license.


Demonstration Agreement

Improve an existing technology

For industry partners working on product development, the Demonstration agreement enables Georgia Tech researchers to help a company improve existing technology. The Demonstration agreement offers a straightforward and advantageous intellectual property policy for industry partners. Simply put, when a company introduces background IP under a Demonstration project, the company shall have exclusive rights to any improvements at no additional cost. For companies that have licensed a Georgia Tech innovation, any improvements to the licensed IP shall be incorporated into the terms and conditions of the original licensing agreement.


Specialized Testing Agreement

Test new and existing products

Georgia Tech offers expertise and state-of-the-art equipment that can be leveraged in the final stages of development to test products and help a company ensure that they are market-ready. The Specialized Testing agreement provides a cost-effective and secure way for companies to access this equipment without making a large capital investment. This work is often instrumental in enabling a successful product launch. The Specialized Testing agreement also offers a straightforward intellectual property policy for industry partners. The sponsoring company will own all test results.


For more information on Industry Engagement at Georgia Tech, visit www.industry.gatech.edu