Where can I find forms and agreements online?show
Where should I submit my proposal?show
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Who will own the intellectual property resulting from sponsored research?show
To better understand the assignment of intellectual property developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, please see the Institute’s Intellectual Property policy.
Through the Contract Continuum, the university has developed four types of agreements for industry-sponsored research:
- Basic Research Agreement for exploring potential solutions in a broad subject area
- Applied Research Agreement for identifying solutions to targeted problems
- Demonstration Agreement for developing incremental improvements for an existing technology
- Specialized Testing Agreement for evaluating new and existing products
The Contract Continuum makes it easier for industry to engage with university researchers at any point in the R&D process, from early stage research to product launch. This collection of research agreements offers straightforward intellectual property (IP) terms and streamlined contract negotiation.
In general, for inventions that result from industry-sponsored research, Georgia Tech will normally grant an option to the sponsor so that they may pursue a license for the technology, if they desire. In cases where joint inventorship results from collaborative agreements with industrial sponsors or when improvements are made to a company’s background invention, terms are negotiated as appropriate.
If Georgia Tech is a subcontractor to an industrial firm under a federally funded program, Georgia Tech will still own the IP, however the federal government is granted non-exclusive rights for government use only. For additional information about patent, copyright, and licensing policies, please contact us.
What is the best way to find an industry partner?show
The best way to find an industry partner is to leverage your existing networks through institutional and professional organizations. For example:
- Your colleagues may have experience working with a corporate partner.
- The Office of Development may be able to connect you with Georgia Tech alumni who work at the company.
- Career Services may be able to connect you with recent Georgia Tech graduates who work at the company.
- Participation in professional associations can lead to industry contacts and networking opportunities.
For more ideas on how to connect with industry partners, please review the Researcher Guidebook.
Are there buildings on campus that can not be used for applied research projects? show
When Georgia Tech researchers engage in applied research, certain building restrictions apply. Specifically, there are limitations on the type of research that can be performed in buildings that have been financed by tax-free bonds, due to IRS restrictions. To learn more, please review this list of approved buildings for applied research.
Does the Office of Industry Engagement manage federally funded research grants?show
No, Industry Engagement does not manage research grants made by U.S. federal agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, etc.). If the prime award is federal, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs. Also, please note that gifts to the university, whether they be restricted or unrestricted, are not considered sponsored research projects and they are not processed through the Office of Industry Engagement. Gifts to the university are handled by the Office of Development. Industry Engagement does manage the following sponsored research programs:
How is the proposal development process different for international vs. domestic research?show
The proposal development process for international sponsored research follows the same process used for domestic sponsored research, with one notable exception. International research projects must comply with export control laws. Please note that the export control adds at least 3-5 business days to the proposal development process. The export control process must be completed before the research proposal can be shared with the sponsor. Therefore, it is critical that Georgia Tech researchers submit their proposals to the Office of Industry Engagement at least 3-5 days in advance of the project’s submission deadline to allow sufficient time for export control review.
The Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrict the export of certain technology or technical data overseas and to foreign nationals working in or visiting the United States. Researchers at Georgia Tech must be aware that there may be restrictions on the transfer of items and/or information that is regulated for reasons of national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism, or non-proliferation. In some circumstances, Georgia Tech may be required to obtain prior approval from the appropriate agency before collaborating with a foreign company or foreign nationals.
To learn more, visit the Industry Engagement export control page.
How long does the process take?show
Will Georgia Tech accept payment in currency other than U.S. dollars?show
How is the Fundamental Research Exclusion relevant to my project?show
How do I report an innovation?show
I have intellectual property with potential for commercialization. Where do I begin?show
Does an invention disclosure protect my intellectual property?show
What is the Bayh-Dole Act?show
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 enables much of Georgia Tech’s technology commercialization success by allowing the university to retain title to inventions conceived or first reduced to practice in the performance of work under a federal funding agreement. The Bayh-Dole Act requires that Georgia Tech:
- Grant the U.S. government a non-exclusive, royalty-free license for government use
- Give preference to U.S. manufacturers
- Give preference to small businesses
- Share net income with inventors according to Georgia Tech’s Intellectual Property Policy.
Learn more about the Bayh-Dole Act.