The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 301–313 | Cite as

The effect of informal industry contacts on the time university scientists allocate to collaborative research with industry

  • Branco PonomariovEmail author
  • P. Craig Boardman


We ask whether informal interactions between university and industry scientists result in collaborative research. Using data from a national survey of tenured and tenure-track scientists and engineers in U.S. research extensive universities, we demonstrate that university scientists’ informal interactions with private sector companies increase both the likelihood and intensity of collaborative research with industry.


Technology transfer University-industry relations Informal interactions 

JEL Classifications

O31 O32 



We gratefully acknowledge research support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under contract 1032 DE-FG02-96ER45562. The views presented here do not necessarily reflect those of the funding institution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Program In Public AdministrationUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Science and Technology Policy InstituteWashingtonUSA

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