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CIFS-IPP Project Proposal Submission for Members

As part of the program benefits, CIFS-IPP Members have the opportunity to submit a project proposal to be completed by a student enrolled in the CALS Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Program or a Food Science undergraduate major.  Projects may be research or literature-based and should be able to be completed in 10-weeks to 12-months. 

Submitting a Proposal

Members should contact the Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) to share the general scope of the project to determine if (i) a faculty member with the required expertise is available to oversee the project, (ii) a student with the appropriate background and interest can be identified, and (iii) the project can be completed within an appropriate time frame.  If the project is interdisciplinary and/or falls outside the scope of Food Science, the ILO will work with the CALS Office of Professional Programs and Extended Learning to help target faculty and students in other majors (i.e., Global Development/International Agriculture, Natural Resources/Sustainable Systems, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Soil and Crop Sciences, Biological & Environmental Engineering, Plant Biology, Animal Science, Landscape Architecture).  

If the above criteria can be met, the company will fill out a CIFS-IPP Project Proposal form and submit it to the ILO.  If applicable, the ILO will provide a project cost estimate within 7-10 business days of the form submission.  Then, if the final proposal and associated costs are accepted by both parties, the ILO will work with the Cornell Office of Sponsored Program, student, faculty member, and company to complete agreement forms, IP Assignments, NDA's, and to establish and manage a project timeline. 

Best submission dates:

  • August 1 (or earlier) for projects to be started during the Fall semester (September-December)
  • December 1 (or earlier) projects to be started during the Spring semester (January-May)
  • March 1 for projects to be completed during summer (June-August)

We offer a rolling submission deadline; however, the project must either (i) be completed during the company's Membership year, or (ii) the company must pre-approve Membership renewal for the following year if the project will not be completed during the current Membership year.


Protection of company's confidential information by Cornell:

  • NDA between company and Cornell
  • Information may only be used by the faculty member and key teaching staff for supervision of student's project

Protection of company's confidential information by the student:

  • NDA between company and student
  • Information may only be used by the student for the project and may only be shared with the supervising faculty member and other students directly engaged int he project who have also signed NDA's with the company
  • Student may reference project and company on resumes and in interview but not disclose sensitive information

Intellectual Property Rights

  • To the extent that only routine teaching resources are used by the student to conduct the project, Cornell will disclaim an interest in the resulting IP
  • Students are requested to sign an IP assignment to the company as a condition of having access to the company's confidential information and conducting the project
  • Sample language is available on request