Sponsor research

Strategic, cross-disciplinary research is at the heart of the UW. As a leading public research university and recipient of more than $1.4 billion in sponsored research funds in 2012, the UW is committed to translating discovery into true public benefit.

Supported by more than 270 specialized research centers, our researchers, staff and students collaborate to discover next-generation solutions to today’s challenges.

Companies can sponsor research projects at UW and collaborate with our world-class scientists and engineers. Companies have the first opportunity to license inventions that result from their projects. To learn more about sponsored projects, contact our Industry Relations Officers (bios below). They can introduce you to researchers working in your areas of interest and help get your project started.


UW’s Industry relations officers are focused on supporting and growing strategic research-based relationships between the UW and companies. Our team of industry veterans knows the UW and can understand your needs, connect you with the right experts, and facilitate a productive engagement. Opportunities include sponsored projects, IP licensing, corporate affiliate programs, in-kind gifts, consulting, and more.

Terry GrantTerry Grant
Director, Industry Relations

Over a 22-year career at Weyerhaeuser Company, Terry Grant built an impressive record of achievement in new product development, technology commercialization, strategic partnership and business development, and management.

Todd ClelandTodd Cleland
Director, Industry Relations

Todd Cleland supports technology companies interested in research engagements with the College of Engineering. Todd joined UW’s Industry Relations team in 2010, after 20+ years at Hewlett-Packard. During his HP career, he worked in R&D and management roles in its semiconductor and inkjet printing businesses and led strategic new business programs to commercialize HP technologies. Todd’s technical experience includes digital printing, displays, microfabrication, and microfluidics; he is an inventor on 20 issued patents. Todd holds a B.S.E from Princeton and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, both in chemical engineering; he also has a masters in management from MIT’s Sloan School.

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