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Research Commercialization Introductory Course
The Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a very popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Generally over 4000 researchers from across the US take the course each time it is offered.
Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts.
In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming of creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).
The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.
Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs
Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.
For those seeking certification under for Certified Licensing Professionals (CLP): The Research Commercialization Introductory Course is eligible for CLP continuing education (CE) credits for certification renewal.
Costs: This workshop course is offered free of charge but registration is required.
Click here to REGISTER for this course
Final Exam: If you would like to take the final exam and be issued a Certificate of Completion click on "Subscribe" at the top of this page.
Certificate: Registered students who achieve 60% or greater on the final online multiple-choice test at the end of the program will be granted a Certificate of Successful Completion for this course.
Slides and Recorded Sessions: To access the slides and video of this course please go to and bookmark this page (it will be updated before and after each session).
Please note the change in the lecture schedule:
April 16 - Introduction to Early-stage Funding
April 23 - Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intensive Company
Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research
Monday, February 27, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 2: Patents, Copyright, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 3: Employment and Consulting Agreements
Monday, March 12, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 4: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements
Monday, March 19, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 5: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
Monday, March 26, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 6: Introduction to Early Stage Funding
Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Lecture 7: Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intenstive Company
Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Co-Organizers and Co-Moderators:
National Cancer Institute
SBIR Development Center
National Institutes of Health
Sr. Technical Advisor, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
formerly SBIR Program Manager
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
SBIR Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Deputy Director, Licensing & Entrepreneurship
Office of Technology Transfer
National Institutes of Health
Juan E. Figueroa
Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership
National Science Foundation
National Council Of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
Chief Technology Officer, BRTRC, Inc.
Principal Consultant, DOD SBIR/STTR Programs
Finding funding is key in commercializing your research. The federal goverment's SBIR program provides grants of up to $100,000 (for Phase I projects) for you to have the funds to develop your research; and if you are grad students and post-docs this will allow you to be employed after you leave the university. Here is a sample of entrepreneurial researchers who have taken our workshop on "Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants":
"The feedback that we received was quite valuable and insightful and led us to make quite a few positive changes to our SBIR grants." - Jarett Rieger Esq., Moffitt Cancer Center
"The NIH and NSF How-to-workshops have been crucial for me to set-up my business and complete the SBIR application. Going from an idea for a product that would serve the pursuit of medicine into a small business and a competitive proposal requires establishing the business and protecting the intellectual property, assembling a team that can fulfill all the goals, and writing a strong grant proposal. The how-to-workshops in and of themselves addressed many of these issues in slide form and followed that up with relevant articles that have served as an excellent reference. In addition, the NCET staff assembled committees of experts, people who have worked with or for the federal agencies, who understood my proposal and knew what it takes to succeed. At every juncture, when I needed help, those experts were there. They saw where my proposal was strong and saw ways to make the proposal stronger-some of their suggestions lead to important collaborations, and informed me of relevant funding opportunities. They acted as reviewers, looking over the entire application, alerting me to inconsistencies and pointing out what needs to be changed. In short, they saved me a great deal of time, at least one cycle, and made my proposal much more likely to succeed. The workshops and staff has done my business and me a great service and I am grateful for that." - Anton Khabbaz, PhD. Precision Stereotaxic Devices LLC
"When I first learned about the SBIR funding opportunity, I knew nothing about starting a business or how to write an SBIR-specific grant. The two workshops presented by the Research Commercialization and SBIR Center and the supplemental material provided gave me invaluable information and guidance on how to navigate the application process and start my own company. I particularly appreciated the opportunities to review my business plan and completed SBIR application prior to submission with knowledgeable and experienced NCET2 consultants. We submitted strong and polished application thanks to this program. I highly recommend it to first time applicants." - Christopher Barry, PhD, University of Rochester, ClarElast LLC