Membership benefits include professional development opportunities and the chance to share best practices with other members.
NACRO provides networking and professional development opportunities, the sharing of best practices, and the development of common language and metrics for peer comparison from over 300 corporate relations professionals from research colleges and universities around the world.
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The Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) strengthens academic/corporate relations by bringing together practitioners from across the country to compare and refine ideas and strategies, increasing the value of relationships between industry and higher education.
This site contains information on NACRO, including benefits to membership and details about our annual conference.
Seeking future conference hosts
NACRO is currently seeking applications to host future conferences! Please see the Request for Proposals page for full details. Deadline is January 29, 2016.
2016 NACRO Annual Conference, August 3-5 in St. Louis, Missouri
Thank you to the 300+ NACRO members who joined us for the 2015 conference in Washington DC. The 2016 NACRO Annual Conference will be hosted by Washington University. in St Louis.
All 2015 NACRO Annual Conference materials are available online. Please note you will have to log in to view these materials.
Look forward to seeing you in August in St Louis!
Call for NACRO Annual Conference Presentation Proposals
Open call for Presentation Proposals for the 2016 Annual NACRO Conference, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, in MO. Please consider submitting a session proposal, even if you are unable to coordinate it at this time. If you have a great idea, we want to hear it! Proposals are due by Friday, January 8, 2016.
NACRO white paper on Centers of Excellence now available!
A new white paper titled "Engagement of Academic Corporate Relations Officers in University-Industry Centers of Research Excellence" was released and discussed as part of the 2015 Annual Conference. Through this document, NACRO describes a typical Center development cycle, identified its five main stages, and examines the role of the corporate relations professional in developing sustainable Centers of Research Excellence.
NACRO Good Practices
What does your corporate relations program do really well? What events, strategies, and programs are you most proud of? NACRO is continuing to collect member good practices to be accessed on the "members only" section of the web site.
NACRO White Paper Publications
To coincide with NACRO's 2012 Annual Conference, the following white paper was released: “Metrics for a Successful Twenty-First Century Academic Corporate Relations Program”. The paper is intended for any organization serious about capitalizing on industry’s interest in academic institutions for recruitment, research engagements, intellectual capital and expertise, technology licensing, and philanthropy. The paper describes key performance indicators that are tied to the business processes of corporate relations, and the core metrics that align with this corporate engagement process.
NACRO's inaugural white paper was released in August 2011 and is titled, "Essential Elements of a Productive Twenty-First Century University Corporate Relations Program." Members, join the discussion about the white paper on the Discussion Forum in the Members Center!