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Bruce Dale (center), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center deconstruction lead, and Bobby Bringi (right), President and CEO of MBI International

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GLBRC members use several types of contractual agreements to meet the needs and interests of industry, state and local governments, federal agencies and other organizations. Below are brief descriptions of the most common types of technology transfer agreements.

Use of GLBRC-Developed Intellectual Property: Licensing Agreements

Intellectual property (IP) developed by the GLBRC is licensed through the home institution IP group—primarily the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MSU Technologies at Michigan State University. These two organizations provide companies with opportunities to acquire rights in GLBRC inventions and copyrights. Licenses may be nonexclusive or exclusive depending on the nature of the IP and the business fields that the licenses will be used to pursue.

For an overview, view our Technology Listings.  To request a complete list of GLBRC intellectual property, please contact our technology transfer offices listed below:    

Exchanging Information: Nondisclosure Agreements

GLBRC uses nondisclosure agreements to protect proprietary information while it is in our researchers’ possession. Nondisclosure agreements are also used to enable the Center to provide companies with GLBRC information that is considered confidential.

Exchanging Materials: Material Transfer Agreements

Cost-Shared Research Collaboration: Collaborative Research and Development Agreement

Cost-shared R&D, where both the partner and GLBRC provide funds, is usually conducted under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA).

Reimbursable Research and Development: Sponsored Research

Costs are paid entirely by an organization, such as a company or federal agency, and GLBRC researchers conduct the work.