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The following are frequently asked questions about sponsored research and technology commercialization at Clemson.  Please contact us to discuss opportunities.

1.  If my company is interested in sponsoring a research project, how do I get started?       

2.  Who will own the intellectual property?

3.  What are Clemson’s policies with respect to indemnification and warranties?

4.  Will my company have the opportunity to review publications resulting from sponsored research?

5.  Are there any sponsored research activities that are not routed through the Office of Industry Contracts (OIC)?

6.  If I would like to learn more about Clemson technologies available for licensing, where should I start?

 

1.  If my company is interested in sponsoring a research project, how do I get started?

If you wish to sponsor research or find the right Clemson University researcher to help support your company’s research and development efforts, the Office of Industry Contracts (OIC) can help you make the connection. Please email the OIC or call (864) 656-3989.

2.  Who will own the intellectual property?

Clemson University asserts a right of ownership to any intellectual property that is created by Clemson personnel in the performance of a sponsored research project. However, Clemson recognizes a company’s need to access project intellectual property that results from work it funds and has created contracts that enable companies to easily obtain access to the project intellectual property on fair and reasonable terms with minimal negotiations. 

3.  What are Clemson’s policies with respect to indemnification and warranties?

The Office of Industry Contracts (OIC) has published Key Contract Positions in Industry Sponsored Research to provide guidance for industry sponsors on Clemson’s policies and positions.

4.  Will my company have the opportunity to review publications resulting from sponsored research?

Clemson University allows a limited period of time (usually 60 days) for industry sponsors to review publications and presentations of the research results to ensure that the sponsor’s pre-existing confidential information is not being divulged and to protect any patentable inventions.

5.  Are there any sponsored research activities that are not routed through the Office of Industry Contracts (OIC)?

The Office of Industry Contracts (OIC) handles all industry-sponsored research. However, the OIC does not manage federally funded sponsored research or unrestricted corporate gifts.  For federally funded research, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs. To make a gift, please contact the Clemson University Foundation.

6.  If I would like to learn more about Clemson technologies available for licensing, where should I start?

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) manages all Clemson University technologies and maintains a searchable database of technologies available for licensing.  To discuss a specific technology, please email CURF or call (864) 656-4237.