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Technology Transfer Fellowship Program

NIAID offers a technology transfer fellowship program to provide opportunities to qualified candidates in the exciting and expanding career field known as technology transfer. The program enables individuals to complement their science, business, and/or legal background with experience in technology transfer.

About the Program

The Technology Transfer Fellowship Program at NIAID is directed and managed by NIAID’s Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO). TTIPO is responsible for negotiating agreements and promoting research partnerships between NIAID scientists and outside parties such as universities and biotechnology/ pharmaceutical companies. These partnerships help enable federally funded research findings to be further developed and commercialized.

The fellowship program is an advanced training program designed to help participants to 1) enhance their professional development, 2) become familiar with the technology transfer field, and 3) seek future employment in fields related to technology transfer and the NIH mission.

Technology transfer fellows will be trained in and be responsible for the following activities:

  • Drafting and negotiating cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) for NIAID scientists and their industrial/academic research partners
  • Planning and negotiating confidential disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, and other technology transfer agreements
  • Development of technology transfer educational programs for scientists
  • Overseeing patent-related issues for NIAID scientists
  • Other duties pertaining to intellectual property and technology transfer

Typical starting stipends are $48,000 to $55,000 based on experience and qualifications. The costs of health insurance are covered. Stipends are reported to the Internal Revenue Service as fellowship awards. However, no federal income taxes will be withheld (except when required for certain foreign nationals).

Technology Transfer Fellowship Program support may be requested for a period of one year, with renewal possible every year for a total of three years.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must possess an advanced degree in the sciences and/or a law degree or MBA with a background in the sciences.

To Apply

Send resume or curriculum vitae, including contact information, via email to Ms. Erika Curtis, NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program Administrator, curtisel@mail.nih.gov.

Last Updated January 15, 2013

Last Reviewed January 15, 2013