SUNY, Research Foundation Announce Membership in University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)

October 8, 2013

National Organization Fosters University-Industry Relations

Albany — The State University of New York and The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF), today announced their membership in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a national organization of universities and companies who seek to build stronger working relationships.

As a UIDP Leadership Circle member, the RF retains a seat on the UIDP board, which will be held by Dr. Tim Killeen, RF president and SUNY vice chancellor for research.

“UIDP provides a unique forum for university and industry representatives to come together and discuss operational and strategic issues that can improve partnerships and foster cross-sector collaboration,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Our membership in this national organization will be critical as Governor Cuomo's START-UP NY program takes shape across New York and SUNY continues to drive economic development in every region.”

“This new membership with UIDP will be invaluable as we grow SUNY's industry partnerships and address the opportunities and challenges unique to institution and industry collaborations,” said Killeen.

“The UIDP serves as the nation's incubator for advancing academic-corporate research collaborations,” said UIDP Executive Director Tony Boccanfuso. “We look forward to the RF and SUNY's participation, and particularly to Dr. Killeen's presence on our board, which supports our goal to bring industry and universities together to boost U.S. competitiveness.”

Convened by the National Academies, the UIDP represents stakeholders in university-industry relations nationally and engages with government interests and foundations such as the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. Industry members from New York include General Electric, IBM, and BASF. SUNY joins higher education members including Cornell University, University of Rochester, RPI, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University.

With this membership, SUNY campus representatives will be able to take advantage of UIDP benefits such as:

  • regular meetings that offer networking opportunities and collaborative discussions;
  • webinars on such topics as funding trends, successful partnerships, and federal agency initiatives; and
  • participation in working groups that focus on clinical trials, the impact of federal flow-down clauses on universities, and issues affecting sponsored research agreements in general, e.g. background intellectual property, export controls, copyrights, and software.
  • access to UIDP's Researcher Guidebook, which addresses the opportunities and challenges unique to institution and industry collaborations, and helps work together more effectively.

“Our involvement with the UIDP has not only opened up numerous research opportunities for Binghamton University faculty, but has also provided us the knowledge we needed to ensure the contract negation process was not a roadblock to research collaboration,” said Lisa Gilroy, assistant vice president of sponsored programs at Binghamton University. “The conversations we have had with UIDP colleagues have helped us better understand the culture and constraints of our industry partners and vice versa.”


Initiated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and passed by the New York State Legislature in June 2013, START-UP NY will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities – including no income tax for employees, and no sales, property, or business tax for 10 years. START-UP NY will attract new business and investments from across the nation and around the globe to New York by offering an opportunity to operate completely tax-free while partnering with world-class institutions of higher education, research and innovation.

About The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
The RF was founded in 1951 to serve SUNY and to capitalize on its scope, scale and diversity as an engine of New York's innovation economy. The largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, the RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences. To learn more about the RF visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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