UIDP Session 4: Preparing Proposals and Budgeting (Webcast Recording)



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A shifting landscape of federal research funding and declining corporate research and development budgets make university and industry partnerships highly attractive for both sides; however, opposing values and interests can make such partnerships especially tricky to manage.

This webinar is the fourth in a series of webinars that will guide you through the nuances and complexities of these research partnerships. Over seven sessions, we’ll carefully cover the most critical considerations for creating win-win relationships:

  1. Navigating the benefits and challenges
  2. Managing expectations and creating relationships
  3. Establishing contacts and handling proprietary information
  4. Preparing proposals and budgets
  5. Addressing compliance and contracting issues
  6. Negotiating intellectual property (IP)
  7. Leveraging government involvement

Multiple Perspectives

You can’t effectively learn about successful partnerships unless you can hear from both sides. This is a unique opportunity to gain access to insights and best practices from leading experts at research universities and leading global corporations.  They’ll leverage the unique perspective of University-Industry Demonstration Partnership’s (UIDP) research and best practices, as well as their own personal experience.


Academic Impressions (AI) and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) have partnered together to offer this series of webinars. Members of both organizations will be able to retain their respective member pricing and archiving privileges. See registration details for more information.

Who Should Attend

This series focuses on the relationship between the researcher and the industry partner. Given that the university apparatus can vary in structure and responsibilities, we recommend that the following key stakeholders attend:

  • Faculty researchers
  • Research center directors
  • Administration from the office of research or Provost’s office
  • Professionals working with sponsored projects
  • CFR professionals
  • Tech transfer officers
  • Any additional stakeholders who cultivate, negotiate, or manage industry partnerships


Session 4: Preparing Proposals and Budgeting

  • Identifying and approaching funding sources
  • Elements to include in a proposal
  • Creating a statement of work and deliverables
  • Guidelines for budget setting
  • Preparing for industry reviews


Abby Benson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, University of Colorado Boulder

Benson, who has served as executive director of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures (ASV) since 2016, provides seasoned leadership for both ASV and the Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) in their respective missions while seeking to identify and leverage shared resources and opportunities across the two teams.

Abby Benson was previously the Executive Director of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures and the Associate Vice President of Government Relations for the University of Colorado System. As a key leader for the Government Relations team since 2012, Abby has advocated for increased support of CU priorities, including aerospace-related research and higher education funding and policies, at both the state and federal levels.  

Abby has served in several leadership roles in the higher education government relations community, including as past Chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Council on Federal Relations and as a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Government Affairs Executive Committee. In 2012 Abby also served as President of the Science Coalition, an organization dedicated to strengthening the federal government’s investment in university-based scientific, medical, engineering and agricultural research.

Prior to joining CU, Abby was Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Washington, DC office. Abby also served for over nine years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and worked as a geologist for Tetra Tech and Arthur D. Little. Abby holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University, and a M.S. in Transportation and M.Eng. in Logistics from MIT.

Gaylene Anderson, US Director, Contracts and Alliance Management, Boehringer Ingelheim

At Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), Gaylene is focused on providing contract negotiation support for agreements with U.S. institutions, and partnering with university colleagues to manage strategic alliance programs.  Prior to joining BI, Gaylene served as the Director in charge of the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Notre Dame’s Global Alliance Commercialization Program, where she was responsible for commercializing new intellectual property in the form of licensing deals, negotiating sponsored research opportunities, and spinning out new start-up companies.


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