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Working with Us

The Industry Engagement team at UNC-Chapel Hill collaborates with industry and university leadership to optimize the benefits and overcome the challenges of industry-academic relationships. Our role is to identify opportunities for collaboration while safeguarding the interests of UNC and its employees during discussions and agreements. We strive to streamline the process and minimize any potential difficulties while upholding your best interests and that of UNC and its stakeholders.

Benefits of Working with Industry

  • Access to funding and intellectual property held by the company
  • Practical uses for research
  • Access to small business federal grants such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants
  • Assistance commercializing your inventions
  • Income for UNC when licensing your inventions to outside companies
  • Capstone projects and service learning
  • Career opportunities for students through fellowships and internships
  • Job opportunities for graduates
  • Practical value to stake holders
  • Clear return on investment for state funding
  • Input about future directions and needs
  • Philanthropic support

Interested in learning more about how our team can work with you to achieve your goals?
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