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Office of Sponsored Programs

Industry Partnerships

Partner with the Office of Sponsored Programs to engage Boise State University’s faculty, staff, and students to support your business needs.


The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) challenges the status quo and finds creative solutions to address industry sponsors’ research and creative activity needs. Blue Turf Thinking is pervasive in everything we do, including our innovative agreement terms and conditions that reduce risk and support our sponsors’ market competitiveness. As you read below and speak with our Contracting team, you’ll see our commitment to delivering value in unexpected ways. When you succeed, we do too!

To see other partnerships available to you at Boise State University, please visit the Business Partnerships Hub.

The Business Partnerships Hub – Resources for Companies

Partner with us!

Partnering with the Office of Sponsored Programs provides many advantages to your business. Our skilled team can connect you with faculty, professional staff, and students, as well as technologies available to license from Boise State University’s intellectual property portfolio, to support your organization’s diverse needs. As Idaho’s largest public university and a doctoral research institution (high research activity), Boise State University offers about 200 programs of study, including 14 doctoral programs, across seven academic colleges. Coupled with our interdisciplinary research and creative activities focused on solving Grand Challenges, this means we have the expertise you need!

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Enhanced Intellectual Property Rights

We provide sponsors with flexible and transparent intellectual property licensing and ownership options with no hidden fees.

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Commercial Insurance & Indemnity Options

In addition to our standard self-insurance, we provide sponsors with commercial insurance and indemnity options to manage risk related the Boise State University’s performance of sponsored projects.

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Flexible Information Security Standards

We recognize that the security of sponsors’ data and systems is critically important. That’s why we provide sponsors with flexible and clearly identified information security standards.

Office of Sponsored Programs' Partnerships

Success stories

We have a proven track record of happy partners and positive influence to back it up. Check out a sampling of our success stories to see how we’ve been working with teams like yours to find win-win solutions.

Knowm, Inc.

Memristor technology developed and licensed to Known, Inc.

TechHelp @ Boise State University

Idaho Manufacturing Specialists

Idaho SBDC @ Boise State University

Accelerating Idaho Businesses' Success

Idaho Power & Idaho National Laboratory

HPC collaboration among Boise State, Idaho Power, and Idaho National Laboratory

Ready to get started?

We’re excited to meet you. Please reach out and we’ll help you find the right path to your goals.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs' Contracting team.

Industry-Sponsored Research Templates and Process

Industry Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement

The following Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement was designed for efficiency and consistency with our Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement, and with industry sponsors’ needs in mind. To enter into this agreement with Boise State University, please email the Office of Technology Transfer at

Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement

The following Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement templates are used by Boise State University to contract with industry sponsors for their research and creative activity needs. The terms and conditions are consistent with our Industry Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement and were collaboratively developed with businesses to address some of industry sponsors’ primary concerns, including intellectual property licensing and ownership, confidentiality, information security, insurance, indemnity, and publication. We would appreciate an opportunity to share details about these unique agreements. Please contact our Contracting team┬áto schedule a Zoom or in-person conversation.

Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement Intellectual Property Terms Upfront Commercial Licenses

The following document sets forth the upfront commercial intellectual property licenses outlined in Paragraph G, Intellectual Property, of the Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement. We would appreciate an opportunity to share details about these innovative intellectual property licenses. Please contact our Contracting team to schedule a Zoom or in-person conversation.

Agreement Negotiation, Acceptance, and Administration Steps

Sponsoring a project at Boise State University is easy. The steps include:

    • Developing a Scope of Work with the university’s Principal Investigator (i.e., faculty member) under an Industry Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement if necessary;
    • Negotiating a mutually acceptable Industry-Sponsored Research Agreement using the above templates;
    • Obtaining any necessary institutional approvals; and
    • Performing the work.

If you’re interested, more detailed engagement steps are available here. Please reach out to our Contracting team with any questions.

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