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Any experience doing data research projects with universities?

Ginger Zumaeta

February 22nd, 2014

Hi, my early stage company is interested in doing a research project (in the film industry/analytics field). Does anyone here have experience securing a project with Universities? I'm looking to do a joint project in the Los Angeles or San Francisco areas (LA preferred).

How do you approach? What are they looking for? Any contacts?

Anonymous

February 22nd, 2014


Years ago I had formed a company around a system I was trying to developed. I started to pitch the idea to various educational institutions. One of my contacts put me in touch with a key principal at a university. I pitched the idea and within a week I was sent a teaming agreement for my company to work as the Developer with the university on a 3yr/$300K  "Stepping Stones of Technology" grant application.  Unfortunately, I was not happy with the terms of the agreement and was left with hardly any time to negotiate a new contract so I pulled out.  

However, if I was to follow that process again I would first research the institutions, departments and professors that you would want to work with.  Find out if they are active in applying for project grants in your field. Check the schedules and deadlines of relevant SBIR grants at   http://www.sbir.gov/#   and then approach the Director, Deptment head or professor directly.   Even if you get interest be sure to understand the time tables involved, your responsibly and any restrictions that could come from such a project. 


Ginger Zumaeta

February 22nd, 2014

Noah, very helpful. Thanks. * __Ginger ZumaetaPersonal: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+ | HUB101: Website | Twitter | Facebook MediaMark: Website | Twitter Beehive Group: Website | Twitter | Facebook -Need to set up some time with me? You can book me here: https://gingerzumaeta.youcanbook.me/ *

Anonymous

February 23rd, 2014

Ginger, 

I'm sorry, the site I was actually thinking about was grants.gov.   It is a site that lists all federally funded grants that are available.  SBIR might offer some help as well, but grants.gov will give you a better picture of the grants available. 

Good luck!
Noah 

Nancy Klein Founder & CEO NLK® Consulting & Design,Award Winning Brand Strategist,Assoc.Professor Marketing Parsons School of Design

February 23rd, 2014

There is a movie called Fashion in Film and a number of professors from UCLA and other schools are in the film...u can order the movie from AMAZON and contact those profs directly...they are very responsive! Good-Luck! N 

Ginger Zumaeta

February 23rd, 2014

Thanks Nancy!- Sent from Mailbox for iPhone

Nancy Klein Founder & CEO NLK® Consulting & Design,Award Winning Brand Strategist,Assoc.Professor Marketing Parsons School of Design

February 25th, 2014

My pleaseure! I hope it was helpful! N

Georgia Pavlopoulou Ph.D candidate at UCL, Autism,Family Interactions, Siblings

April 5th, 2016

Very interesting post :)