Survey of Engineering Faculty & Administration: Participation in Sponsored Research, Fee-for-Service, MTAs & Confidentiality Agreements
The study presents extensive data from 167 faculty and administration, primarily drawn from many of the world’s the world’s leading engineering programs, especially from the United States but also from Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. The study gives highly detailed data on who and how often faculty, staff and administration participate in sponsored research agreements, fee for service agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and other forms of collaboration with private sector and other entities external to the university. The report enables its readers to answer questions such as: Which faculty, staff and administration have participated in fee for service agreements? Sponsored research? Confidentiality agreements? MTA’s? How often do they participate? How many have they participated in in recent years? What is the general trend at the engineering school in terms of new agreements in these areas? What is the outlook for the future. The study also presents detailed data on engineering department cooperation with medical schools and other biomedical research centers, and on sponsored research with – on the one hand – private sector entities – and on the other – government agencies and not profits.
Have you ever participated in a fee for service agreement through which you or your university or both are paid to provide research or testing services for a corporation or other third party? Overall, 38.32% of those surveyed had participated in a fee for service agreement with a corporation or other organization. The participation in such arrangements was highly correlated with university ranking; the higher the rank, the greater the likelihood that a survey respondent had participated at some point in a fee for service agreement with a corporation or other entity. For example, 55.17% of survey respondents from top 10 engineering programs had participated in a fee for service agreement, a percentage that drops to 43.57% for those from 11-20 ranked programs, to 28.57% for those ranked 21-50 and to 25% for those ranked 51-100 and finally to 18.18% for those ranked beyond 100.
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