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Illinois, Facebook Sign Master Research Agreement

Illinois, Facebook Sign Master Research Agreement

Facebook announced today a new effort aimed at speeding the pace of technological innovation – and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of its academic partners. Illinois has signed a Sponsored Academic Research Agreement (SARA), a master agreement that speeds turnaround time in negotiations. The SARA enables individual faculty and research teams to quickly work together on joint technology projects.

Illinois is noted for collaborative, interdisciplinary research that addresses challenging scientific and technical questions. Fifteen other universities have also signed the SARA, including: Caltech, Stanford, MIT, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Rice, UC San Francisco, Northeastern, Princeton, Arizona State University, University of Waterloo, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

The agreement covers the entire campus and could involve an investigator from any discipline, depending on Facebook’s needs. Such master agreements enable the university to quickly respond to evolving industry requirements. At any given time, Illinois has approximately 25 such active master research agreements in place.