CU Researcher

Professor Tin Tin SuThe mission of the University of Colorado Boulder is focused on education and research. In order to better serve this purpose, the Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) is working with administration and units across campus to better support the industry research collaboration process with more clear, concise and efficient processes.

Whether you are interested in working with industry, supporting existing industry relationships or promoting additional opportunities with industry partners, the Office of Industry Collaboration can navigate and support you through the process.

Industry project structure is different from that of federal government project management in relation to communication, billing and expectations such as cost, schedule and work manner. The Office of Industry Collaboration can guide you through and, even sometimes, navigate for you the administrative details to allow you to focus on accomplishing the work. The sooner your involve our office, the better we can help define the appropriate structure for accomplishing your goals.

The Office of Industry Collaboration is here to help you. Call or email us at 303-492-0800 or


As a researcher and expert in your field, you have to manage projects, labs, students, teaching, and many other responsibilities. The OIC has the ability to alleviate the time commitment and burden of idea to executed contract. In addition, our expertise and collaboration with other expert departments will produce a professionally negotiated contract with maximum benefits for both you and the industry partner.

  • Connections & Strategic Relationships
  • Marketing of Capabilities & Expertise
  • Tracking & Reporting
  • Management of Risk & Liability
  • Communication & Organization of SOW Definition, Budget Development & Deliverable Criteria

OIC Services

  • Establish appropriate agreements to work with industry partners on service agreements or sponsored research. (Note: Sonsored research agreements especially projects with federal flow through requirements, continue to be handled through the Office of Contracts and Grants with possible OIC involvement.)
  • Organize and market equipment, lab and service capabilities available for use by outside entities, at your discretion. If you have active engagement with outside entities, OIC will help you develop an approved use agreement and rate and discuss billing options.
    • External Sales and Service Activities (ESA) must be setup and handled in accordance with campus established guidelines, policies, and procedures. The Office of Industry Collaboration will support these processes. The ESA Activity Information Form is used to gather information for setup.

    • ESA Guidance: Provides guidance for the University of Colorado Boulder Campus (CU) regarding the setup, management, costs and allocations related to External Sales and Service activities. 

    • The ESA Guidebook: Provides details and procedures for setup, processing, and managing external sales and services.

  • Support other opportunities with industry such as consulting services, joint proposals, student projects, internships/student hires, etc.
Types of Engagement




  • Student Employees
  • Interns
  • Student Projects
  • Recruitment
  • Technical Seminars
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Classroom/Distance Learning 
  • Lectures/Workshops
  • Programs for Children
  • Events/Festivals
  • Museums/Planetarium
  • Research Services
  • Fundamental & Applied Sponsored Research
  • Joint Proposals
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Entrepreneurial Support
  • Advertising
  • Volunteering
  • Sponsorships
  • Philanthropy
  • Business Vendor