The commercialization of research outcomes is an important objective not just of researchers, but of most public and private funding programs as well. It can also be very rewarding, with potential impact on society, the economy and the environment at large.
The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) receives more than 100 reports of inventions per year. Part of its role is to evaluate the disclosures from a business point of view in order to decide whether they are commercializable. The Commercialization officer can help researchers understand whether commercialization of their invention is worthwhile and what would be the follow up steps after a decision to proceed.
More information on the commercialization process is available on the pages that follow, though you are invited to contact an OSR Commercialization Officer for more details.