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I learned in class that some departments of universities, such as the medical departments, receive funding from corporation that bypass the university administrators, such that the research finding can be used for the profit of the corporations.

I also read that similar mechanism is influencing the curriculum-design of computer science. I want to know how exactly would a corporation fund the research of a department, computer science in particular.

The following is my baseless conjecture on how the interactions works, even though it's probably nonsense, I think it may help you understand the kind of answer I am looking for:
A certain corporation wants a new technology for its products, say phones, it asks the administrator of a university whether the latter wants funding for its computer science department. The administrator thinks that if some funding for computer science is handled by the corp., then more fund can be distributed to other things, and so approves this funding. The department uses the funding to do research, but the research is what the corp. asks them to do. When the department found a novel method of making phone computers, but instead of getting a patent, the department gives the patent to the corp. which uses it for its products

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    Are you asking only about funding for a department that comes from industry, or are you also interested in how industry might fund research projects of a particular professor or research group? – ff524 Nov 3 '16 at 19:02
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    Your suppositions seem indeed to be baseless conjecture, and I'm not quite sure what motivates the fairly negative spin you put on it. Funds in to a university do go through standard university channels. The ability for a company to fund relevant research, and perhaps have some title in it, is pretty standard at all US universities that I have dealt with. – Jon Custer Nov 3 '16 at 19:37
  • If the corporations "bypass the university administrators", how is it that in your "baseless conjecture", a corporation "asks the administrator of a university" before doing anything? – O. R. Mapper Nov 3 '16 at 19:51
  • "When the department found a novel method ..." - at least in my perspective from a country where universities are not supposed to produce anything marketable in order to improve their finances, "getting a patent" was never the plan in the first place for "the department". With or without the corporation, the research results are published and can thus be used by everyone around the planet. Beside any funding, the really valuable benefit for "the department" is usually getting access to real world test data and real users. The benefit for the corporation is knowing about the results ... – O. R. Mapper Nov 3 '16 at 19:56
  • ... a few weeks earlier than anyone else, and probably getting readily prepared prototypes and test results that exactly fit their own specific use cases (because that's what you get when you provide your specific test data and test users), as well as some additional public exposure. – O. R. Mapper Nov 3 '16 at 19:57

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