Ways to Partner
At Great Lakes Bioenergy, our team of staff, scientists, and engineers understand that new technologies can dramatically alter the economics of bioenergy. We are happy to discuss new opportunities and partnerships, and have the knowledge and expertise needed to help move exciting new energy technologies to the marketplace.
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Inventions for Licensing
In partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and Michigan State University Technologies, Great Lakes Bioenergy works to commercialize its innovative technologies. Links to Great Lakes Bioenergy technologies licensed through WARF and MSU Technologies are here:
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: 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.
To request a complete list of GLBRC intellectual property, please contact our technology transfer offices listed below:
Exchanging Information and Materials: GLBRC uses nondisclosure agreements and material transfer agreements to protect proprietary information while it is in our researchers’ possession. Nondisclosure and material transfer agreements are also used to enable the Center to provide companies with GLBRC information and materials that is considered confidential.
Cost-Shared Research Collaboration: Cost-shared R&D, where both the partner and GLBRC provide funds, is usually conducted under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA).
Sponsored Research: Costs are paid entirely by an organization, such as a company or federal agency, and GLBRC researchers conduct the work.