Collaborate with USC

The Corporate Collaborations team at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation serves as a liaison for USC faculty and industry partners who are interested in building mutually beneficial relationships that are aligned with USC core values, industry strategic initiatives, and areas of focus.

Corporate Collaboration Benefits

Navigating the Vast USC Environment

With 17 schools, 47,500 students, and 20,000 faculty and staff, finding the right people and research areas relevant to your company’s needs can be quite challenging. Our team is here for you as your central point of contact to quickly navigate the vast USC environment and harness the right USC resources to achieve your company’s strategic goals.

Strategy Alignment/Mutual Benefits Analysis

We understand that there are important differences in culture between academia and industry. While industry desires to identify new sources for innovation and increase competitive advantage to grow shareholder value, the mission at USC is to enable faculty/students to learn and advance their knowledge and widely share this knowledge through various mechanisms, such as publications and teaching. We are here to find the right balance between the two cultures by identifying shared interests and formulating the appropriate partnering strategy for success.

Collaboration Management

We offer a streamlined collaboration process to maximize agreement speed and ensure mutually beneficial outcomes. The process is not “one size fits all.” It is flexible, to account for differences between types of technologies and their stage of development. This process enables our team to:

  • Facilitate and support timely interactions between company and academic partners.
  • Translate complex contract terms and conditions into strategic and operational elements for both faculty and our industry partners.
  • Create governance methods to establish clear roles and responsibilities, drive accountability, and work through key blockers to drive successful collaborations.
  • Identify and pursue strategic opportunities that evolve throughout the relationship.
  • Improve the efficiency and help ensure that our academic faculty are free to devote adequate time and energies to overseeing research activities.

Our Approach

We take a holistic approach by functioning globally across all USC professional schools, centers, departments and administrative offices and clear the path forward to initiate, grow, and maintain productive collaborations and long-term partnerships.  USC is uniquely positioned to collaborate across the spectrum from the arts and social sciences to engineering or medicine.  This approach allows us to leverage the breadth and depth of expertise at USC and help our partners solve difficult problems that meet a critical need.

Our dedicated team consults regularly with industry to quickly match their corporate strategic interests with the relevant USC faculty and resources.  We offer streamlined services throughout the collaboration lifecycle to maximize agreement time and improve the management of research collaborations from the opportunity stage through delivery of actionable outcomes.

corporate collaborations life cycle