The Industry Partnership Program (IPP) matches Utah-based private sector technology companies with university capacity to address specific technology gaps identified by the company partner. Open to companies with a substantial presence in Utah, the program addresses specific technical challenges that will result in positive economic impact for the state. USTAR assists in identifying an academic partner and facilitating the contracting process with the university. A joint scope of work is developed between the company and university researcher and USTAR and the company jointly fund the research at the university. The program address an innovation ecosystem gap by building networks between industry and academia that will give industry a market advantage, provide researchers insight into real world applications of their technology, and develop the next generation technical workforce.