Innovation Ecosystem

Overview

IoT4Ag will develop a vibrant innovation ecosystem that will engage our industrial, government, non-profits, innovation partners, and the end-use grower community in guiding the direction of Center research, workforce development, and diversity and inclusion activities. We will establish two bodies for outside stakeholders: the normal ERC industrial/practitioner advisory board (IPAB), but also an Ag systems advisory board (ASAB) that will help balance “tech push” vs. “industry pull”. This ecosystem will also ensure transfer of knowledge and technology from IoT4Ag university labs to application through entrepreneurship and commercialization by industry partners and adoption by growers.

Partnership

Engagement with our IPAB and ASAB partners throughout the life cycle of IoT4Ag research, from problem definition to evaluation and deployment of our systems to technology transfer, is essential to maximize impact of the Center. Early and frequent engagement of IPAB and ASAB partners in research, education, inclusion, and innovation will ensure IoT4Ag pursues research that has a clear value proposition for industry and that is well-suited for commercialization and adoption by the farming community, and that IoT4Ag educates a diverse workforce to create, translate, and put to practice the Center’s technologies.

Community
College
Partnerships

Engagement with our IPAB and ASAB partners throughout the life cycle of IoT4Ag research, from problem definition to evaluation and deployment of our systems to technology transfer, is essential to maximize impact of the Center. Early and frequent engagement of IPAB and ASAB partners in research, education, inclusion, and innovation will ensure IoT4Ag pursues research that has a clear value proposition for industry and that is well-suited for commercialization and adoption by the farming community, and that IoT4Ag educates a diverse workforce to create, translate, and put to practice the Center’s technologies.

Industrial Practitioner
and Agriculture Systems
Advisory Boards

We have recruited and will continue to pursue industrial, government, and innovation partners with interests that align with each of the three thrusts, spanning agro-science, technology, and protection; sensor, communication, and energy devices; robotics; and data science and decision-making in food, energy, and water security.

Interested in joining IoT4Ag?  Consider the listed benefits below and download the brochure below to learn more about joining the Industrial Practitioner Advisory Board (IPAB).

Industrial Practitioner Advisory Board (IPAB) – Exclusive seat on the IPAB. Meet with IoT4Ag leadership twice annually and provide the highest level of strategic guidance on IoT4Ag research directions. Elect a 10-member industrial practitioner executive committee (IPEC) to communicate IPAB recommendations to the IoT4Ag Executive Committee.


Research and Development – Leverage National Science Foundation (NSF) federal funding, university cost share, and pooled membership fees to support research and development in strategic areas of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and precision agriculture.


Early Access to Research – Receive early exposure to unpublished and innovative ideas through direct contact with IoT4Ag researchers, the internal IoT4Ag website (open to IoT4Ag members only), the annual IoT4Ag technical meeting, quarterly newsletters, workshops, short courses, and webinars.


Intellectual Property and Licensing – Receive early notification of IoT4Ag innovations. Have a right to recommend IP filings and an option to negotiate a license.


Sponsor-driven Research Projects – Sponsor specific research projects that leverage the resources and expertise of IoT4Ag but with a focus that is set by the sponsor. IoT4Ag offers a streamlined process for sponsored research agreements.


Visiting Scientists –Work at IoT4Ag multi-user facilities.


Knowledge Exchange – Have access to technical experts and educational programs in agronomy; sensor, energy, and communication technologies; robotics; information and decision systems; precision agriculture; and food security from academia, industry, and government.


Sector Leadership – Be part of defining the technology outlook and roadmap for precision agriculture.


Promotion – Brand visibility to IoT4Ag university, industry, innovation, and government partners; professional organizations; and the NSF.


Recruiting – Unique access to talented, highly-educated, and collaborative IoT4Ag undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


Education and Diversity and Inclusion – Contribute to education and inclusion programs to develop a diverse workforce of K-12 students and teachers, university researchers, and agricultural professionals, crop advisors, extension agents, and growers.

 

Download our IPAB Membership Agreement and Brochure.

Industrial Practitioner
Advisory Board
(IPAB)

Differential Ventures

Ag Systems
Advisory Board
(ASAB)

We will soon add an Agricultural Systems Advisory Board (ASAB).  A brochure and membership agreement will soon be available.