In Fiscal Year 2016-17, the Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) finalized a total of 171 new industry sponsored research agreements (SRAs) where companies fund and sometimes collaborate on research projects at Stanford. The School of Medicine accounted for over half of these agreements with 88 new industry-funded research agreements and 94 amendments to existing SRAs. The Radiology Department was home to the largest number of new industry research agreements, with 22 SRAs. The Department of Medicine accounted for 15 SRAs. Microbiology and Immunology had 7 new SRAs. Pathology also had 7 new SRAs.
The School of Engineering accounted for about a third of the total, with 57 new industry-funded research agreements and 58 amendments to existing SRAs. The Electrical Engineering Department was home to the largest number of new industry research agreements in the school, with 17 SRAs. Computer Science accounted for 12 SRAs. Mechanical Engineering had 9 new SRAs. Aeronautics and Astronautics accounted for 6 new SRAs.
ICO also handles Industrial Affiliates Program approvals, renewals and related agreements. During the year, 65 Affiliates Programs brought in a total of $36.3M. SystemX in the School of Engineering was the largest program, with $4.6M in funding. This funding supports research focusing on enabling truly ubiquitous sensing, computing and communication with embedded intelligence. Its focus areas include computation for data analysis, design productivity, and photonic and quantum technologies.
Eight new Affiliates Programs were approved, five of which were in the School of Engineering:
- NMR – Neuromorphic Memory Research
- Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative – eWEAR
- AFTLab – Advanced Financial Laboratory
- DAWN- Data Analytics For What’s Next
- MS&E Career Collaborative Affiliate Program
Two were in the School of Humanities and Sciences:
- Biopharmaceutical Affiliates Program
- US-ATMC U.S. Asia Technology Management Center
One was in the School of Medicine:
- CERC – Clinical Excellence Research Center