Bridging Partnerships With Duke Innovation
Duke engages proactively with corporations, investors, sister universities, and government to find avenues for bilateral and multilateral partnerships that advance our regional ecosystem for research translation and commercialization.
Facilitate Access to Duke Faculty and Assets
The Office for External Partnerships (OEP) proactively pursues and supports partnerships between Duke University and any external parties, including but not limited to business, government, and corporate foundations. Such partnerships leverage any University faculty, staff, and students, as well as intellectual property, resources, and other assets to address important problems of interest to the partners.
Convene Relevant Parties
Once interest is expressed by a potential partner or by Duke faculty, OEP then convenes relevant parties to explore, negotiate, and close contractual relationships deemed mutually beneficial and compliant with pertinent regulations and Duke policies and provide project management support.
While faculty, staff, or students can initiate dialogue directly with companies, OEP offers several services when developing and executing on partnerships.
- Strategic advice to build a comprehensive partnership
- Research and report on the historical connections between the Company and Duke
- Make contacts with relevant leadership at partner organization
- Logistical support for arranging meetings, contracting, and negotiation
- Interfacing with the Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC) for intellectual property and Office for Research Contracts (ORC) to establish and review partnership terms.
- Project manager support to facilitate development of scope of work, meeting milestones, preparing reports and overseeing budgets.
Irrespective of support from OEP, faculty and staff are obliged to utilize Duke contracting processes and inform us of such engagements unless the proposed relationship is unrelated to Duke employment or facilities.
Engage In Active Business Development
The Office for External Partnerships (OEP) will also engage in active business development seeking strategic corporate partnerships and will strive to involve the broadest possible spectrum of Duke faculty and other assets in such relationships.
Provide Advisory Services and Tactical Funding
On a selective basis, OEP will provide advisory services and tactical funding to Duke teams to facilitate partnership formation.
Liaise With Other Duke Administrative Units
Our team also liaises continuously with other Duke administrative units, especially with Development in relation to corporate philanthropy and with Student and Alumni Affairs in relation to opportunities for internships and employment.
Contact the Office for External Partnerships
To partner with Duke and for additional information, contact the Office for External Partnerships (OEP). OEP actively partners with the Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC), industry contacts, Duke schools, and development to cultivate and realize the full spectrum of potential returns to Duke.