Ana Paula Melo
University of Wisconsin--Madison
Institutional Affiliation: University of Wisconsin--Madison
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2019||Academic Engagement, Commercialization, and Scholarship: Empirical Evidence from Agricultural and Life Scientists at US Land Grant Universities|
with Bradford Barham, Jeremy Foltz
in Economics of Research and Innovation in Agriculture, Petra Moser, editor
This article examines the involvement of agricultural and life science faculty at U.S. land grant universities in two types of university-industry relations (academic engagement, academic commercialization) and traditional academic scholarship. It exploits large-scale, random sample cross-section surveys in 2005 and 2015 to fill a knowledge gap regarding the prevalence, coincidence, intensity, importance and factors shaping faculty involvement in university-industry relations (UIR). Academic engagement, which includes sponsored research, industry collaborations, and presentations, is far more prevalent and important than is academic commercialization, which includes patenting, licensing, and start-ups. Academic engagement generates 15–20 times the research funds than academic commercializa...