Industrial Contracts Office
1705 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Stanford University has a long history of productive research relationships with companies of all sizes. The Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) negotiates a variety of research contracts with companies, ranging from the transfer of biological research materials to multi-million dollar research projects (SRAs) and industry affiliates programs.
Which Office at Stanford Will I Work With?
|Agreement Type||Handled by the Following Stanford Office(s)|
|Confidentiality agreements (NDA/CDA). Generally, Stanford does not sign these agreements on behalf the university. Individual researchers may sign confidentiality agreements that are consistent with university policies.||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) advises on NDAs related to industry research.
Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) advises on NDAs related to federal and other non-industry projects.
Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) advises on NDAs related to licensing and Stanford technologies.
|Consulting agreements by faculty.||Faculty review and sign their own consulting agreements, which must be consistent with university policies.|
|Clinical trial agreements for drugs or devices.||Clinical Trials Research Management Group (CT-RMG).|
|Equipment loan agreements for research purposes (Equipment Loan).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).
|Fellowship agreements for students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty.||Research Management Group (RMG) handles fellowships for the School of Medicine.
Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) handles fellowships for all other schools.
Office of Development also handles many fellowships.
|Gift letters or agreements.||Office of Development.|
|Human tissue transfer agreements (HTA).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).|
|Companies may support research through Industrial Affiliates programs (Industrial Affiliate).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).|
|License and service agreements to the university.||Procurement office.|
|License agreements from the university.||Office of Technology Licensing (OTL).|
|Material Transfer Agreements (MTA).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).|
|Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) agreements.||Office of Sponsored Research (OSR).|
|Software licenses for research purposes (Software).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).|
|Sponsored research agreements, where an entity funds research projects in a university laboratory (SRA).||Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) handles the agreement when the funder is a company.
Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) handles the agreement when the funder is the government or non-profit entity.
Research Managment Group (RMG) handles foundation grants for the School of Medicine.