Sponsoring Research

NC State provides a one-stop-shop environment for industry and governmental partners.

The University ranks 6th in industry-supported research among peers.

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NC State is your one-stop-shop for basic research, development and commercialization, and we have all the R&D tools you need from tabletop to testing to scale-up.  We also have a long history of research partnership with industry sponsors and we understand the nuisances of working with corporate partners.

For example, NC State ranks 6th in industry-supported research among its peers ($440M in total research) and consistently ranks in the Top 10 for invention disclosures, U.S. patents issued, startups formed and licenses and options executed.

sponsoring-research-contentWhat is considered Sponsored Research?

Sponsored Research is defined as research that is sponsored or funded by an external organization, such as a federal, state or private organization or agency. Sponsored Research Agreements are contracts between the University and a sponsor for the purposes of funding research at NC State.  NC State uses a range of Sponsored Research Agreements to support research engagement between the University and sponsors.  If your company is interested in sponsoring research at NC State, Industry Alliances will work with your company throughout the research engagement process.

The Industry Sponsored Research Process usually includes:

  • The company provides research interests, problem statement, specific scope of work or set of specific aims.
  • Identification of researcher(s) and initial discussions between researcher(s) and company to assess fit and project scope.
    • A Confidentiality Agreement (CDA) may be put in place prior to discussion.
  • Upon request of the company, the researcher(s) prepare a research proposal(s), including budget, for company and submits through the university PINS system.
  • If company decides to support research proposal the program moves to the negotiation stage where the appropriate Sponsored Research Agreement is identified.
  • Once the negotiations are final and all agreements are signed the research program begins.
  • Industry Alliances will continue to serve as your liaison throughout the research program and your partnership with NC State University.

Some of the terms defined the Sponsored Research Agreements are listed below:

  • Scope of the work to be conducted
  • Specific period of performance
  • Deliverables and reporting including a final technical report
  • Financial accountability and/or reporting; the funds must be separately budgeted and accounted for
  • Publication rights
  • Care of confidential information and data
  • Description of intellectual property rights



PLEASE NOTE: The negotiation of research agreements and any intellectual property terms are the responsibility of NC State University’s office of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS) and Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) under the advice of Office of General Counsel.

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Get started today by calling 919.515.7036 or by emailing us at partnerships@ncsu.edu.