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Hopkins to partner with Google

The Johns Hopkins University has joined more than a dozen other prominent research institutions on a partnership with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

Through the agreement, ATAP will be able to more quickly approve funds for joint research projects with computer science experts and other researchers at Hopkins. The goal is to expedite development of new technologies and get products on the market more quickly.

The agreement should enable funding to be approved within 30 days, a relatively short time frame compared to other grant application processes. The deal includes terms to govern intellectual property rights and research publication rules so that both parties can benefit from the deal.

Google has such agreements with 15 other universities, including Harvard and Stanford. The guidelines for these partnerships were outlined in Google’s Multi-University Research Agreement document, or MURA, which was unveiled in June of last year and acts as a single, universal contract that all the universities agreed to.