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ICO Statistics for 2013:

In the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, ICO finalized 110 new research agreements where companies fund research in Stanford laboratories. The School of Medicine accounted for just over 40% of these agreements and the School of Engineering accounted for another 35%. The School of Earth Sciences comprised 8% of the total. The rest of the agreements included projects in the School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Education, the Graduate School of Business and the Independent Laboratories.

ICO finalized three new master sponsored research agreements: with Pfizer (for its Centers for Therapeutic Innovation program), Novo Nordisk, and Motorola Mobility. Master agreements cover a range of different projects, significantly reducing contracting time for each one.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) continued to account for the largest number, with about 430 new MTAs for incoming materials, plus 65 MTAs for outgoing material.

Other agreements included unfunded collaborations, data sharing agreements, equipment loans, non-disclosure and other research-related agreements.  


School of Engineering

The international chemical company BASF invigorated its relationship with Stanford, sponsoring several projects with Stanford investigators in materials science research:

Motorola Mobility finalized a master research agreement with Stanford and seven other U.S. research universities. . The Multi-University Research Agreement is designed to streamline the process for joint research projects and collaboration on developing new technologies, and was signed by Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, California Institute of Technology, Harvard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MIT, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech.



Stanford Bio-X fosters interdisciplinary research connected to biology and medicine. BioSTAR is a multi-year research collaboration between Bio-X and Sanofi that supports translational research projects and scientific exchange between Stanford and Sanofi scientists. Recent projects included:


Industrial Affiliates

Companies also support research at Stanford through the University’s affiliates programs, particularly in the Schools of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Affiliates programs, where groups of companies fund the research of several faculty members in a given area, provide another type of industry relationship at Stanford. Stanford’s industry affiliates programs brought in $25.9 million in research and educational funding in FY13.