New Modes of Engaging University Industry Collaborative Research

25th June 2019 –  Maynooth University (NUIM)

Recent years have seen a growing turn to University Industry Collaborations (UIC), posing unique challenges for effective UIC research[1], and achieving best practice in grant funding mechanisms for delivering that research. This symposium will bring together industry and academic stakeholders with experience and/or expertise in UIC, including researchers interested in Information Systems (IS) research to support UIC. The objectives of the symposium are to:

  1. Discuss the state of the art of University Industry Collaboration
  2. Identify barriers, challenges and solutions to effective UIC
  3. Discuss the future role of IS research in supporting UIC
  4. Arrive at key learnings & research directions for effective UIC

The one-day symposium will be hosted by TAG (Technology Adoption Group) at Maynooth University as part of the Science Foundation Ireland funded SPRING[2] research project. The outcome of this event will be to synthesise perspectives to inform future UIC research & Policy.

Description: The socio-economic benefits of translating academic research into impact are undeniable. Recent years has seen a growing turn to University Industry collaborations (UIC) within Ireland (e.g. LERO) and internationally, posing unique challenges for effective UIC research[1] and best practice in research funding mechanisms delivering that research. With the growing importance of UIC in a current climate of digital transformation and research funding policy renewal (e.g. Open Science, Horizon Europe), comes the growing importance to ensure the right mix and characteristics of research funding mechanisms that best reflect this changing landscape. Understanding the past and current experience, perceptions and practices of stakeholders involved in UIC can provide essential evidence to ascertaining and/or validating effective research funding mechanisms. Furthermore, with the growing development of ‘intermediary organisations that help match supply and demand of new technologies (e.g. R&D centres for science-industry collaboration…)’ and ‘new forms of open digital innovation enabled by digital platforms’[3] etc., comes the opportunity for Information Systems (IS) research to understand and design technologies that best support effective UIC research, such as through standards, interoperability, UIC virtual research environments. The aim of this symposium is to bring together industry and academic expert stakeholders to discuss the state of the art of University Industry Collaboration, and to provoke discussion on experiences, barriers, and potential solutions for effective UIC, as well as future research and practice in UIC.

Provisional program Schedule:

  1. tbc

Program Fee & arrangements:

The Event is free for invited attendees. Lunch will be provided on the day. Those who attend will be circulated subsequent research outcomes from the event. Further details of the event and location will be circulated to those attending prior to the date of the symposium.

[1] Craig Boardman, P., and Ponomariov, B. L. 2009. “University Researchers Working with Private Companies,” Technovation (29:2), pp. 142–153. (

[2] SPRING (Studying Peer Review in Grant Funding) project. Find out more at;

[3] OECD 2009. “University-Industry Collaboration – New evidence and policy options” OECD Publishing, Paris