ICO supports Stanford research by negotiating agreements that balance university and industry interests.
If your research will involve interactions with, or funding from, industry, or if you need research materials from labs outside Stanford, the Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) will negotiate and sign your agreements on behalf of the University.
We negotiate sponsored research and other research-related agreements with industry. These agreements range from multi-year, master research collaborations to individual research projects, with companies large and small. ICO handles material transfer agreements with all types of entities: companies, government agencies and non-profits. ICO also executes agreements for Industry Affiliates Programs.
ICO works in close collaboration with research and administrative offices throughout Stanford and advises other University offices on intellectual property terms and related policies. We are part of the Office of Technology Licensing -- OTL -- Stanford's technology transfer office.
For more information about ICO and industry-sponsored research, see our video: Goals in Common