Academic chair

Longterm bilateral relation between a company and a university through a chair
Longterm bilateral relation between a company and a university through a chair
Objective of approach: 
  • Long term collaboration of science and industry
  • Company access to a longterm relationship with a university chair manager, resulting in the definition of a collaborative R&D agenda - To improve the recruitment process of young talents

A chair is a strategic approach from a company to implement a partnership with a university. The chair relationship is based on an annual fee. In return, the company gets access to a series of results, such as increased visibility, dedicated R&D projects (with academic experts in the area), improved involvement in the university life and execution of relevant events such as students' awards, hackathons or workshops.


Long term collaboration to ensure continuation of academic research on a certain application area.

  • Company: Key staff (R&D, marketing, communication...)
  • University: Chair manager
  • Renowned professor who identifies and manages the challenges of the company
  • University: Research teams involved in solving the challenges raised by the chair
Success factors: 
  • Motivation of the chair manager (university) to raise new projects
  • Strategic insight of the endowed professor
  • Patience from the company to allow academic research to flourish
  • Confidential aspects
  • IP issues on the exploitation of results
  • Too restrictive agreements: expectation of results on fixed time-intervals
Contact information: 

KU Leuven - Noise and Vibration Research Group, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

CIT UPC Technology Center (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech) Ed. Til.lers (Planta 1) C/ Jordi Girona, 31 08034 Barcelona, Spain