Facility Management / Safety
Use of University Facilities by Emerging Technology Enterprises
January 22, 1986
This policy item applies to:
By means of the policy on the Use of University Facilities
by Emerging Technology Enterprises, the University provides an additional opportunity
for certain emerging technology companies to benefit from the instructional, research
and public service resources of the University by allowing companies to locate on
or proximate to University campuses in new or renovated incubator facilities. The
companies affected are emerging businesses involved in the application of technological
research and/or development of new products related to such research.
The purpose of incubator facilities is to provide low cost commercial space for start-up companies in high-technology fields while simultaneously providing such companies with access to University instructional, research and public service resources and University staff and students access to learning and employment opportunities.
The policy enables the University to participate in the New
York State’s overall program of incubator development pursuant to necessary
authorization. Firms apply to participating campuses with authorized facilities to
occupy space therein for limited periods of time. The review of these applications
is done by an independent review committee created by the president of the campus
in accordance with a set of selection criteria. The criteria are designed to assure
that the firms would contribute to the state's economic development and benefit the
University's academic programs or research activities.
In recognition of the State strategy of encouraging cooperation of public and private
institutions of higher education, local governments, other non-profit research institutions
and the private sector in plans for the development of incubators throughout the state,
a policy has been formulated that enables the University, in support of its instruction,
research and public service missions, to participate actively in the State's program
of incubator development pursuant to necessary authorization.
Each campus should formulate its own specific guidelines, consistent with the following criteria, and submit them for review and approval by the chancellor or designee.
1. The president of each campus shall establish an independent review committee that represents both local or regional development and industrial interests and campus academic interests to review applications from emerging technology companies to occupy authorized incubator facilities on University-owned or controlled property for limited periods of time. Applications may be granted for industrial or business ventures that substantially meet the following criteria:
b. develop, use, or produce products, processes or services that could benefit from campus academic programs or research activities of faculty, staff, and students and could stimulate employment opportunities for students and consulting and collaborative research activities with faculty;
2. Costs associated with the use of these incubator facilities, including the cost of support services, shall be paid from user fees, from other non-University resources, or from funds incremental to the campus funding base.
3. Appropriate support services may be provided by campuses to emerging technology enterprises provided that the provision of needed services to campus academic and administrative units will not be diminished.
4. Constructed or renovated facilities authorized for use under this policy will be managed directly by the campus, The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, or separate non-profit organizations under contract with The Research Foundation of the State University of New York.
5. Emerging technology enterprises, including their employees and consultants from outside the University who utilize University incubator facilities under this policy, will retain ownership of all patentable inventions and discoveries.
6. Other applicable campus and University guidelines shall be complied with, including those governing cooperative University-industry use of research equipment, the professional obligations of faculty, and conflicts of interest.
7. Appropriate permit procedures should be followed consistent with the procedures developed for the use of University facilities by outside organizations or with such procedures as may be developed and authorized specifically for incubator facilities.
8. Each campus implementing this policy shall establish a campus review committee to prepare and revise guidelines for the operation of incubator facilities and provide periodic evaluations of the success of the program.
There are no procedures relevant to this policy.
There are no forms relevant to this policy.
There are no appendices relevant to this policy.