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Economic & Business Engagement

The University of Alabama is dedicated to serving the community and state by preparing talented graduates, supporting Alabama businesses, and forging industry partnerships that foster cutting-edge innovation, research and development, and technology transfer.

Classified as an R1 doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation, UA is a national leader in forward-thinking initiatives. The University’s research and development enterprise has continued to grow at one of the fastest rates among universities in the nation. This growth is credited to UA’s ability to ignite research into real-life applications that lead to local and statewide economic growth.

The University of Alabama strives to form mutually beneficial partnerships with key industry leaders to address significant widespread challenges by coordinating UA’s many assets and strengths to meet industry partner needs. These collaborations allow students to perform meaningful work, advance their educations and launch successful careers in Alabama, creating a stronger workforce, leading-edge industry advancements, and an empowered economy. As UA’s research enterprise continues to grow, we discover more opportunities to create and strengthen these valuable partnerships.

As a leading comprehensive research university, UA is well-positioned as a valuable partner. Together, we can support growth in Alabama and pioneer a future-focused on innovation and collaboration.

Contact our office at (205) 348-5433 or to discuss how The University of Alabama can help your business succeed.

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Steps to Industry Engagement

  1. Project Identification: OEBE and industry executives match company needs with research expertise.
  2. Internal Collaboration: OEBE meets with UA College/Institute/Center leadership to discuss the identified opportunity and set follow-up meeting with the company’s technical experts.
  3. Project Planning: OEBE coordinates NDA process with Office for Research & Technology Agreements. Faculty are identified to lead detailed confidential project discussions with company representatives.
  4. Finalize & Execute: Faculty lead prepares project scope of work, budget, and timeline. UA and the company enter into a formal contract and work is initiated. OEBE available for support throughout.