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IP Information for Grantees & Contractors

Inventions made under NIH extramural grants and contracts are generally owned by the funded institution. Information on the grant process and components of grant applications can be found below: 
  • Sample IP Management Plans are provided to assist extramural funding applicants in preparing intellectual property (IP) management plans for their partnerships with industry in order to address certain programmatic objectives and goals of particular funding announcements.
  • The Model Organism Sharing Policy describes NIH support for efforts that encourage the sharing and dissemination of important research model organisms.
  • The Research Tools Policy is designed to provide NIH funding recipients with guidance concerning appropriate terms for disseminating and acquiring unique research resources developed with federal funds. 
  • Researchers submitting grant, cooperative agreement, or contract applications seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year of the proposed research grant are expected to include a Data Sharing Plan or a justification for why data sharing is not possible under the specific circumstance. 
  • Sponsored Research Agreements between NIH grantees and commercial entities require careful consideration on several issues, including academic freedom, intellectual property and dissemination of research results.
  • iEdison is a database assisting government grantees and contractors comply with the Bayh-Dole Act and its implementing regulations that requires government funded inventions be reported to the federal agency that made the award. 
For more information on the NIH grant process, please visit the Office of Extramural Research (OER) website.