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Innovation Fellowship

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Does the idea of guiding new discoveries and inventions from lab to market intrigue you? Are you motivated by using creative solutions to drive positive change? If so, consider TTC's unique and exciting Innovation Fellowship. Play an active role in building new initiatives in the fast-growing field of technology transfer.

This fellowship provides the opportunity to apply a science, legal, or business background to drive change within federal tech transfer.

TTC is responsible for negotiating agreements, promoting research partnerships with NCI scientists, and the patenting and licensing of NCI technologies. Along with supporting current TTC programs, Innovation Fellows learn to develop, test, and implement new ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve technology transfer processes. This experience prepares the Fellow for technology transfer, project/program management, and innovation-related positions within universities, industry, and the federal government.


Innovation Fellows will primarily be responsible for:

Innovation Fellows will also gain familiarity with:

  • Drafting and negotiating Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Licenses, Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs), and other technology transfer agreements
  • Understanding patent prosecution management of inventions and patent related issues for NIH scientists
  • Other duties that pertain to intellectual property management and technology transfer

Minimum Requirements

  • An advanced degree in the sciences, law, business, economics, or public health. All candidates must have a background in the sciences
  • Received most current degree within the last 8 years
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (must hold green card) eligible for citizenship within 4 years
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills


Stipends are determined by the level of education and number of years of experience post-graduation and technology transfer. Starting stipends for those with no experience are: Master's degree $48,600; Ph.D. $63,900.

Starting stipends are higher with relevant work experience in technology transfer and/or additional, applicable degrees. Stipends are paid monthly in arrears. Health benefits are provided. Annual stipend increases may be given on the Fellow's anniversary date.

How to Apply

Email the following Ruth Simpkins at

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

HHS/NIH/NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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