Business and industry are critical partners for the Oregon University System in an effort to meet the economic development and workforce needs of the state. In addition to the state or system-wide partnerships and collaborations listed below, each OUS campus or center has strong industry relationships and partnerships serving multiple functions—encompassing efforts from scholarships to research to commercialization.
Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC Established in 1997, the mission of ETIC is to make post-secondary engineering and technology education a strategic resource that fuels the Oregon economy and creates opportunity for all Oregonians. It establishes success criteria and measurements for investments in these areas, makes specific investment recommendations, and monitors the results of these investments. ETIC is staffed by the Industry Affairs Department of OUS.
The OUS Research Council serves as an advisory council to the Chancellor and Oregon State Board of Higher Education on research issues within Oregon. The Council is comprised of both public and private sector representatives and includes representatives from the universities, the Board of Higher Education and private industry. In Council is charged with monitoring and facilitating OUS research in six thematic areas: collaboration, infrastructure, innovation, education, communication, and accountability.
University Venture Development Fund The University Venture Development Fund provides a tax incentive for donors who choose to support commercialization of promising university discoveries and campus-based entrepreneurial education by contributing to university venture development funds at OUS campuses and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2005 and was charged with developing a plan for investing in Oregon innovation and improving the state’s economic competitiveness. Established as a public-private partnership, the council is made up of nearly 50 senior executives, university leaders, venture capitalists, and legislators. The OUS Chancellor is a member of the Council, and OUS, Business Oregon and Oregon InC work closely together to combine the innovative ideas of Oregon's research universities and the know-how of entrepreneurs and business people to turn these ideas into the next generation of Oregon businesses.
Oregon Metals Initiative, Inc. (OMI) OMI is a consortium of metals industry companies and research institutions that pursues research to improve the long-term competitiveness of the metals industry and the research infrastructure in Oregon. The Oregon University System matches each corporate research dollar on a 1:1 basis for approved projects. Major achievements include new material discoveries, technological advances, multiple patents, and several successful commercial applications.
Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) and Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (CECOP): internship programs for PSU, OSU, and OIT students in engineering-related studies, developed and run by industry representatives.