Building long term strategic university-industry partnerships

The first activity within this programme of work involved developing a structured workshop exploring ways of building long term strategic university-industry partnerships.  The workshop brought together 70+ senior leaders and practitioners from universities, industry and government agencies in the UK and US to learn from their collective and comparative experiences to address these issues.  Through expert panel discussions and smaller facilitated breakout groups, it sought to identify key insights, lessons and effective practices on the following key issues at different stages of the strategic partnership journey:

  • Exploring the value proposition and potential downsides;
  • Initiating strategic partnerships;
  • Nurturing and managing strategic partnerships;
  • Building resilience to deal with disruption and change;
  • Roles for government R&D funding agencies;
  • Key challenges and opportunities moving forward

A summary report of the key findings can be found here.


A detailed workshop report can be found here.


For further information about the report, or to engage with the research, please contact the lead investigator for the public research base and innovation research strand at CSTI, Tomas Coates Ulrichsen ( or visit our website.


The workshop was organised by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and Eoin O’Sullivan at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the University of Cambridge in partnership with the UK-based PraxisUnico, the US-based University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, and the UK government’s Science and Innovation Network.


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