Under the agreement, the UA and the other university partners will streamline processes by sharing resources and creating new pathways that will help develop new technologies quicker.
The University of Arizona has joined a handful of other top universities on an agreement with Motorola that seeks to expedite collaborative research efforts and get new products to market faster.
Under the Multi-University Research Agreement with Google-owned Motorola Mobility, the UA and the other university partners will streamline processes by sharing resources and creating new pathways that will help develop new technologies quicker.
The original universities involved in the agreement are the California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Texas A&M University and Virginia Tech.
"Developing new, synergistic strategies for partnerships that help drive innovation are central to the UA strategic plan," said David Allen, vice president of the UA's Tech Launch Arizona. "Pooling our talents and resources is a win-win for all involved."
The use of a single, universal agreement will enable Motorola Mobility's Advanced Technology and Projects, or ATAP, group to engage in a wide range of research project arrangements, such as a single university researcher on a short-term research project, or a larger, cross-disciplinary and multi-university research effort. The goal will be to complete research agreements in as little as 30 days and start the actual research sooner, rather than the several months that traditional sponsored research agreements can often take to establish.
Motorola Mobility, a Google company, creates mobile devices and wireless accessories.
"The multi-university agreement is really the first of its kind," said Kaigham J. Gabriel, vice president and deputy director of ATAP. "Such an agreement has the potential to be a national model for how companies and universities work together to speed innovation and U.S. competitiveness, while staying true to their individual missions and cultures."
Regina E. Dugan, senior vice president and director of ATAP, said the idea behind the agreement was met with doubts at first.
"People told us we were crazy, that this couldn't be done," Dugan said. "But we found power in the similarity of our goal – to do great work, faster, and with fewer barriers – and a group of committed individuals made it so."