Creating the Culture
What We Do
From its partnership with the U.S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground to aiding University researchers and local start-ups, the University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP) works as a gateway, enabling outside entities to access the University's knowledge-based assets—and UD personnel to form partnerships outside the University.
Since its formation in 2008, under the direction of former DuPont Vice President for Research and Development David Weir, OEIP has worked with the state, Delaware Technology Park, numerous researchers and companies in creating a culture where innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive in Delaware.
With part of its focus on discovering inventions, OEIP helps individuals develop and market intellectual property in addition to building those assets into businesses.
Looking to the future, the transformation of the new science and technology campus (the former Newark Chrysler Assembly site) provides a unique opportunity to OEIP and UD. This venture is already under way, and this year, the first tenants will be moving on-site, bringing new life full of innovation to UD's expanded campus. As development continues, the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army will enable UD and the Army to work together on research projects both at Aberdeen and at the new campus. This and other partnerships enable OEIP to develop and deploy its knowledge-based assets for societal impact within the community, state and region.
David Weir - What We Do.
UD's David Weir highlights the growing partnerships, innovative discoveries and life-changing inventions being developed through the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships.Watch the video
UD, U.S. Army announce research and development agreement
In January 2010 a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), was signed, creating a powerful research partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland.Read more
Changing the Mindset
To create an environment where ideas and innovation thrive, it takes not only time but also an initiative that spans across the entire University and state.
OEIP has established the "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," which serves as a support system for students, faculty and researchers. An implementation team and oversight committee have been created to help further this culture of innovation and entrepreneurship from students to faculty to business partners.
These teams are spearheading the development of various programs: from a coordinated, interdisciplinary curriculum for graduate and undergraduate students and establishing the Venture Development Center as the hub of entrepreneurial knowledge to venture mentoring and an Entrepreneur in Residence programs.
The ultimate goal of these efforts with the interdisciplinary collaboration is creating a growing stream of high-quality new business ideas, which will be aided by the establishment of a portfolio of cross-listed academic programs and an increase in the awareness and involvement of faculty and students alike to entrepreneurial activities.
President Harker's Spring 2011 Address
UD President Patrick Harker discusses faculty and student honors, Class of 2015, capital projects, exploration of a law school and UD's financial outlook.Read full text
Newark High applauds UD researchers for outreach to students
UD and Newark High School have developed an interdisciplinary relationship to give next-generation scientists and engineers hands-on experience and a leg up on their peers.Read More
Sweet Success for local Chef
Before he became TLC's "Next Great Baker", UD alumnus Dana Herbert worked with the Small Business and Technology Development Center to get his business, Desserts by Dana, off the ground.Read More
Research Symposium winners
Seven UD students won top honors at the 13th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Science at the University of Maryland.Read More