Research commercialization webinar course begins Tuesday, produced by NIH and free to researchers

What: Research Commercialization Introductory Course

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., October 7 to November 20. Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Registration: The course is free.  Click this link to register for all sessions: (or copy and paste this URL to your browser:

Once registered, you will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each session.

About the course:

Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.

Now on its seventh run, the Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Over 5,000 students, faculty and researchers have taken this course since it’s been 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).

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

Who should take this course?

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.

Class schedule

NOTE: The schedules or topic line-up may change.  Any updates will be sent to you via email. Please whitelist emails from *<mailto:*>

Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 2: Customer Discovery and Market Validation
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 3: Business Plans and Pitches
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 4: Introduction to Early Stage Funding
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 5: Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 6: Patents
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 7: Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 8: Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intensive Companies
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 9: Employment and Consulting Agreements
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 10: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 11: Moving from R&D to Manufacturing
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 12: Entrepreneurial Faculty
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Lecture 13: View from the Trenches: Applying what you have Learned
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

The materials and recorded video for each session will be uploaded on a separate page before and after each session. Did you miss a session? The video recording will be posted 24 hours after each session. Click on this link to go to the slides and videos page


Steve Ferguson
Deputy Director, Licensing & Entrepreneurship
Office of Technology Transfer
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Clara Asmail
Sr. Technical Advisor, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
formerly SBIR Program Manager
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Paul Sanberg
Founder and President
National Academy of Inventors

Ben Schrag
Program Director, SBIR/STTR
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Frank Barros
SBIR Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Todd Haim
SBIR Program Manager
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Click here to contact us for more information.

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