IBM Establishes New Academic Research Model

IBM Establishes New Academic Research Model
By Ronald Roach


The IBM Corp. has launched a new funding and grant model for universities doing research in technology and life sciences, the company has recently announced. The new IBM Life Sciences Institutes of Innovation program is project-focused and represents a multi-year commitment. It offers a comprehensive package of benefits, ranging from technical support and IBM-funded research assistantships to funding for project reports, conference participation, joint R&D projects and assistance with external funding applications.

 IBM has named Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University as the first two enrollees in the program. As Institutes of Innovation, researchers at the two universities will collaborate with IBM on life sciences research projects of mutual interest. In addition, the schools are eligible for early access to next-generation IBM technologies, postdoctoral and research associate opportunities, software through the IBM Scholars university product portal, and participation in the competition for IBM’s university award programs.
“Many academic research institutions are doing ground-breaking work in life sciences,” says Dr. Carol Kovac, general manager, IBM Life Sciences. “Indiana and Johns Hopkins are using IBM technologies to push forward the frontiers of biomedical research. The new Institutes of Innovation program honors their accomplishments with additional IBM resources and support to help them go even faster in their quest for new knowledge. Ultimately their work may lead to improved healthcare and new ways of preventing and treating human disease.” For more information, visit: .

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