University Relations Frequently Asked Questions
- Our university has a broad research portfolio, some of which will be of interest to Agilent. How should we proceed?
Agilent Early Career Professor Award
- Do you seek multiple nominees from the same university?
- What title should I hold to be eligible to apply for this award?
Thought Leader Program
Q: Our university has a broad research portfolio, some of which will be of interest to Agilent. How should we proceed?
A: At any one time, Agilent engages in perhaps 100 research collaborations globally. We view this as a significant commitment to academic research, yet we are well aware that if one considers all of the important universities in the world and the multitude of accomplished faculty, we can interact with only a very select few. The gate on Agilent's ability to profit from university research is typically not the quality of the research, but rather our ability to invest the significant time necessary to incorporate research ideas into our products. For this reason, our first filter is that we review only proposals forwarded to the University Relations department by an Agilent technical staff member with active interest in participating in research.
Please visit our company website, http://www.agilent.com. There, you will find a description of our key markets and our product and service offerings. If your university has a research project that would likely make a unique and compelling contribution to an Agilent product or application, then it is probably the case that a faculty member involved in that research will have some connection to an Agilent technical staff member through the literature, technical conferences, or your Agilent account manager. That would be the best possible way to introduce an idea to the company. If there is a specific project that is likely to be of great interest to Agilent, but you are unaware of the appropriate Agilent person to contact, then please send that specific proposal abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org, we can then route it to the correct person for evaluation.
We appreciate your interest and effort to establish research connections to Agilent.
Q: Do you seek multiple nominees from the same university?
A: We accept nominations from top schools globally. A discriminating filter on the university side will help to protect the valuable time of your most talented young faculty who might apply for this competitive award. For that reason we invite many top universities to nominate one candidate. Of course, if your university is so fortunate as to have two world-leading early career professors in the area of this call, please do nominate both. We do not restrict nominations other than by the published criteria, and we will with great appreciation consider all nominations.
Q: What title should I hold to be eligible to apply for this award?
A: The titles accorded to faculty on the path to full professor can vary. Typically, assistant professor is the first "tenure-track" position at U.S. and Canadian universities. Consequently, it is usually the case that research associates, research professors, adjunct professors, etc. are not eligible for this award.
For researchers outside US and Canada we will consider applications from individuals holding i) a Junior Professor position, ii) a Lecturer, Reader or Group Leader position and iii) individuals with government funded "Career Development Fellowships" or having successfully completed the habilitation process.
If the policy of your institution differs from the above criteria, we would very much appreciate an e-mail from a dean or department chair to explain the policy on tenure-track hiring along with your nomination!
Q: How can I apply for a Thought Leader award?
A: This is an invitational program. Agilent does not accept nominations.
Q: Does Agilent pay indirect costs?
A: It is Agilent's policy not to pay indirect costs or overhead expenses on in-kind contributions or on cash awards which are given as gifts. In the case where there are contractual deliverables and/or IP rights for Agilent, indirect costs may be negotiated. Thought Leader Awards, the Agilent Early Career Professor Award, and most payments in support of research are given as gifts.