bio - Deborah K Davis

speaker Deborah DavisDeborah K. Davis

Associate Vice President for Research and
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration
University of Kentucky

Deborah K. Davis has been involved in research administration for over 30 years. In her current position, she heads the office responsible for submitting proposals to external funding agencies and administering all sponsored project awards to the University of Kentucky. The office also administers the research-related financial conflict of interest policy. Deborah is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, is the university's administrative representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and regularly participates in meetings of the Council on Governmental Relations. She served on the FDP American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Committee and has made numerous presentations on research administration topics, including participation in workshops sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences. Deborah holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

The Entrepreneurial Faculty: Balancing Academic and Entrepreneur Roles

Deborah K. Davis and Allison Ratterman

For decades academia and industry have been forging partnerships for each side's mutual benefit but, to the untrained public eye, may seem riddled with bias and problems. With a mission that includes a focus on research and economic development, a university does carry out research projects that could lead to financial benefits for the institution or for instutional cofficials. Projects can be internally funded or funded through agreements that may be mutually beneficial to the university and a corporate entity. Such agreements can include, but not be limited to, receiving royalties from or holding an equity interest in a company. Determining what situations are manageable frequently falls to the institution, but the faculty-entrepreneur can learn to navigate these turbulent waters. In this session, we will explore some of the conflicts of interest that arise, discuss common pitfalls, and investigate approaches to mitigate conflicts in research/entrepreneurial situations.

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