FAQs for Industry

Sponsored Research

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I would like to underwrite a research project. How do I get started?show

If you wish to sponsor research or find the right Georgia Tech researcher to help support your company’s research and development efforts, the Office of Industry Engagement can help you make the connection. Please e-mail the Office of Industry Engagement or call (404) 894-6940.

Who will own the intellectual property?show

Georgia Tech Research Corporation asserts a right of ownership to any intellectual property that was developed by an employee of Georgia Tech or resulted from significant use of Georgia Tech resources. However, GTRC has worked hard to create and establish mechanisms that enable companies to easily obtain access to the project IP on fair and reasonable terms with minimal negotiations. For more information about the spectrum of contracts available to our industry collaborators, please review our Contract Continuum.

In brief, GTRC will be the owner or joint owner of the intellectual property that is developed:

  • By Georgia Tech employees acting within the scope of their employment by the university
  • As part of activities involving the significant use of Georgia Tech resources

As for intellectual property that results from industry-sponsored research, GTRC will normally grant the option to the sponsor to take a license to the technology. In cases where collaborative agreements with industry sponsors result in 1) joint inventorship or 2) improvements are made to a company’s background invention, terms are negotiated as appropriate.

If GTRC is a subcontractor to a company under a federally funded program, GTRC will still own the results of research created by Georgia Tech employees. GTRC provides the federal government non-exclusive rights for government use, in accordance with the federal regulations. For additional information about patent, copyright, and licensing policies, please contact us.

Will my company have the opportunity to approve publications resulting from sponsored research?show

Georgia Tech allows for a limited time (30 days) for industry sponsors to review research results to ensure that (1) the sponsor’s pre-existing confidential information is not being divulged in the report and (2) to identify patentable inventions. In cases where patent opportunities arise, publication may be briefly postponed to allow patent applications to be filed.

Are there any sponsored research activities that are not routed through the Office of Industry Engagement?show

The Office of Industry Engagement handles all industry-sponsored research, international research, SBIR/STTR contracts, and technology licensing. However, Industry Engagement does not manage federally funded sponsored research or unrestricted corporate gifts.  For federally funded research, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs. To make a gift, please contact the Office of Development.

Licensing a Technology

I would like to learn more about available technologies. Where should I start?show

Georgia Tech has a wide range of inventions, software, biological materials, and copyrightable materials available for licensing. All of Georgia Tech’s available technologies can be found in our online technologies portfolio. We are constantly updating this database, and therefore we encourage industry to keep in touch and contact us when R&D needs arise. To discuss a specific technology, please e-mail the Office of Industry Engagement or call (404) 894-6940.

What are your policies with respect to indemnification, warranty, and liability?show

Industry Engagement has published a Letter to Potential Licensees to provide guidance on indemnification, warranty, and liability.

What is the Bayh-Dole Act and how is it relevant to licensing?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.