NDSU has an impressive array of highly qualified and skilled researchers, conducting basic and applied research in a wide variety of disciplines. Their discoveries over the years have advanced scientific knowledge, helped industry and companies succeed in the marketplace, and benefited the citizens of our state and society as a whole.
Inventions, discoveries, and emerging technologies are flowing through the innovation pipeline at NDSU. The office of Industry Engagement and Intellectual Property (IEIP) works with the NDSU Research Foundation (NDSURF) to protection and promote these inventions and the intellectual property (IP) rights therein. Information and forms for disclosing an invention to the IEIP office at NDSU is available on the Disclosing an Invention web page.
NDSURF is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to support North Dakota State University in achieving its instructional, research, public service, and academic goals.
NDSURF is responsible for the protection, marketing and licensing of technologies and plant varieties developed by NDSU and North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. The current Intellectual Property (IP) Portfolio includes licensing and startup opportunities in agriculture, biology and medicine, chemistry and materials, electronics and sensors, mechanical innovations, nanotechnology, paints and coatings, software and algorithms, and green technologies.
Taking early stage technologies to market can be a time consuming and expensive proposition. North Dakota and the federal government have resources available that may help achieve the goal of commercialization.
Innovate ND is a North Dakota program that provides funding and resources to help turn a new technology into a profitable business venture. Acceptance into the program grants the business access to resources through one of the Innovate ND Entrepreneur Centers for business plan creation, prototype development, business coaching, consulting and marketing assistance. Specifics about the Innovate ND program are available on the North Dakota Department of Commerce website and the NDSU Research and Technology Park.
Federal Funding Programs
Administered by the Small Business Administration in partnership with 11 other Federal Agencies, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide funding for small businesses conduct R&D with a goal of commercialization. The STTR program does require that the small business collaborate with a non-profit research institution, such as a university.
These programs were developed to stimulate technological innovation; increase the use of small businesses for Federal R&D needs; increase private-sector commercialization of technologies derived for Federal R&D funding; and to encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantage small businesses.