Oregon State faculty are recognized experts in their fields, and their research spans from basic research to applied problem-solving that can impact business innovation. Our faculty work with industry partners who will commercialize university research, leading to improved processes and profitable new products. Industry partners can access our global network of relationships with government agencies, universities, businesses and other organizations.

When partnering with OSU in sponsored research, OSU is able to deliver real-world solutions leveraging Oregon State faculty expertise and resources. OSU Advantage helps industry access faculty and student talent, develop opportunities for sponsored research, and utilize advanced university facilities and infrastructure for research and development.

Oregon State University: Key Terms and Rates for Industry Sponsored Research

Term, Condition, Fees

OSU generates world-class research. Depending on the company need, we've developed two models that provide valuable results for companies at an equitable cost, while staying within the mission of the university.

Standard Agreement

OSU's standard contracting model is used when a company does not require exclusive rights to the research results - for example, in research that is not expected to produce intellectual property (e.g. patents) or would not directly impact the company's product development strategy.

Alternative Agreement

OSU's alternative model may be more appropriate when research is likely to produce an invention, or the research directly pertains to the sponsor's core business strategy. Due to IRS tax free bonding in many of our buildings and potential future research limitations posed, this model may not be available for all projects. we will work with your company and the OSU research team to find the best fit for your company's needs.

Comparison of Standard and Alternative Agreements

Term, Condition, Fees

Standard Agreement

Alternative Agreement

Funding / Intent

Funding is provided by a company directly; Total project indirect costs apply; standard terms apply.  Funding is provided by a company directly; Total project indirect costs apply; standard terms apply, but include the addition of secured intellectual property. 

Proprietary Information Period of Protection

5 year obligation. 5 year obligation.

Definition of IP

Patents and Software-related Copyrights. Patents and Software-related Copyrights. 

Project IP (Foreground IP)

Non-exclusive, royalty free license grant and option to negotiate for an exclusive, field of use patent license at end of project period. Non-exclusive, royalty free license grant and option to pay up front a 25% fee on top of the total project cost for an exclusive, defined, field of use patent license.

OSU Background IP

Provides the right to use for research and development purposes. Provides the right to use for research and development purposes. 

Publication

Provides a delay to review publications for company confidential information and to allow sufficient time to file patent applications. Provides a delay to review publications for company confidential information and to allow sufficient time to file patent applications.

Total Liability 

Liability cap set as a state entity. Liability cap set as a state entity.

Indirect Cost Rate*

53.50% 53.50%

*Indirect costs are not uniquely associated with a particular project but are nonetheless incurred by OSU due to the project. They include costs such as building and facilities operation and maintenance, departmental accounting and clerical support, network support, equipment depreciation, library, general and sponsored projects administration. These costs are budgeted and charged as a percentage of some of the direct cost elements, but not all. As a public university, this rate is set at OSU's actual cost - margins and revenues are not built into OSU's indirect cost rate.