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42 U.S. Code § 1862p–10 - Academic technology transfer and commercialization of university research

(a) In generalAny institution of higher education (as such term is defined in section 1001(a)[1] of title 20) that receives National Science Foundation research support and has received at least $25,000,000 in total Federal research grants in the most recent fiscal year shall keep, maintain, and report annually to the National Science Foundation the universal record locator for a public website that contains information concerning its general approach to and mechanisms for transfer of technology and the commercialization of research results, including—
contact information for individuals and university offices responsible for technology transfer and commercialization;
information for both university researchers and industry on the institution’s technology licensing and commercialization strategies;
success stories, statistics, and examples of how the university supports commercialization of research results;
technologies available for licensing by the university where appropriate; and
any other information deemed by the institution to be helpful to companies with the potential to commercialize university inventions.
(b) NSF website

The National Science Foundation shall create and maintain a website accessible to the public that links to each website mentioned under (a).

(c) Trade secret information

Notwithstanding subsection (a), an institution shall not be required to reveal confidential, trade secret, or proprietary information on its website.

[1]  See References in Text note below.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

Section 1001(a) of title 20, referred to in subsec. (a), was in the original “section 101(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a))”, and was translated as reading “section 101(a)” of that Act, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.


Section was enacted as part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, also known as the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010, and also as part of the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2010, and not as part of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 which comprises this chapter.