Office of Industry Engagement
The Office of Industry Engagement (OIE) helps facilitate collaborative research between UT researchers and their industry sponsors. Our goal is not to merely complete a single transaction, but to help forge a long-term relationship that promotes the advancement of science and education, and assures that discoveries and inventions are converted to useable products and services to benefit the public.
The interactions between UT researchers and their industry sponsors define the goals and missions of prospective research collaborations. These interactions determine the type of desired relationship—e.g., gift or grant funding, industrial affiliate, sponsored research, etc.—as well as the type of intellectual property model.
OIE team members have the knowledge and expertise required to select and craft the appropriate agreement, along with the flexibility necessary to structure an IP model that meets the needs of faculty researchers and industry sponsors. OIE works closely with the Office of Technology Commercialization to maximize all the intrinsic values of IP to the University and the faculty, not just the monetization aspects.