Researcher Roadmap

(Select your stage of development from the dropdown menu below under Roadmap Resources)

Sponsored Research/​Collaboration

Research collaboration with government or industry sponsors.

Intellectual Property

Reporting your new inventions for potential patent filings.


How we license university innovations

Prototyping and Services

Resources to advance or further develop your invention.

Core Facilities

Analytical and other specialty services available on campus.

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Roadmap resources

Select the roadmap stage from the dropdown below to find relevant resources:

Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM)

Coordinated by OIC, AIM grants provide support to advance UC San Diego technologies to commercial impact.

University Advancement

As a leading research university and academic powerhouse, UC San Diego is an agent of change, spurring innovation and economic growth that addresses local, national and global challenges. For fiscal year 2013-14, a total of 29,741 donors helped to continue this legacy of achievement, raising $148.3 million in private support.

Strategic Energy Initiatives: Byron Washom

Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives

Stem Cells on the Mesa

Each year the La Jolla Torrey Pines Mesa region, a powerhouse of stem cell research, host the Stem Cells on the Mesa Meeting. With this region leading California in grants and funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, this event draws researchers and decision makers from the entire nation.Hosted by the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine and managed by CONNECT and in partnership with The Science Network, this exclusive, invitation-only, one-day symposium draws together San Diego’s pioneers responsible for advancing research towards discovering cures for debilitating diseases or injuries. It attracts cutting-edge scientists, life sciences business executives, and government officials. The aim is to explore the imminent scientific, ethical and business challenges facing stem cell research today. The program is designed around panel discussions that explore topics ranging from basic science and technologies to regulatory considerations.

Skaggs: Williams Ettouati, Kathryn Nguyen

Williams Ettouati: Director of Industry Relations and Development Kathryn Nguyen: Director of Development and Global Alliances

JSOE: Anne O’Donnell

Directs Jacobs School corporate engagements and prime industry contact for Agile Centers of Excellence that are highly responsive to industry needs for innovation across disciplines.

JSOE, Corporate Affiliate Program: Cody Noghera

Directs Industry Relations Strategies to drive partnership offerings of the Corporate Affiliates Program in support of significant talent and research engagement with Faculty, Departments, Centers, and Institutes related to the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

International Outreach: Miwako Waga

Miwako Waga is the Director of International Outreach in the Office of Research Affairs at UC San Diego

Career Services

Meeting rooms available,

Biological Sciences: Cyndy Stalmaster

Director of Industry Engagement, Life Sciences. Cyndy oversees the comprehensive industry engagement programs and activities for the Division of Biological Sciences.

Proof of Concept “Time Clock” (TechComm Reference Guide)

If a Provisional Patent has been filed on your invention, are you mindful of the “ticking” clock?

Industry Out-Licensing (TechComm Reference Guide)

Are you seeking a research collaboration and/or potential licensing arrangement with an existing company?

Importance of Intellectual Property (TechComm Reference Guide)

Future value of inventions greatly depends upon whether or not proper steps are taken early to define and protect the associated IP…

POC Demo Expectations (TechComm Reference Guide)

Will “Proof-of-Concept” requirements be the same for all observers? Requirements for demonstration of product feasibility vary greatly…

Proof of Concept “Time Clock” (TechComm Reference Guide)

If you are not an expert in the area of application you are considering, you should be thinking of the prototyping project as a dynamic process…

University IP Policies and Guidelines

The following link contains information regarding: UC Patent Policy (6/5/2008) State Oath of Allegiance, Patent Policy, and Patent Acknowledgement Form (UPAY 585) (July 2011) Copyright Ownership Policy (8/19/1992) Copyright Guidelines (7/28/1995) Guidelines on University-Industry Relations (May 1989) Equity Policy (2/16/1996) Conflict of Interest Policy (1998) University Licensing Guidelines (2/1/2012) Inventor Share Policy Distribution of Invention Net Royalties for Research Support Under Patent Policy (1/11/1999) Sample Patent Income Distribution Chart Sample Copyright Income Distribution Chart Guidance for Faculty and Other Academic Employees on Issues Related to Intellectual Property and Consulting (3/3/2003) Ownership of Course Materials (12/11/2003) Guiding Principles Patent Prosecution Options (7/24/12) Innovation Alliances & Services Visit Page

Copyright Policies and Guidelines

Copyright Ownership Policy: The creation of copyrighted works is one of the ways the University fulfills its mission of contributing to the body of knowledge for the public good. The University encourages the creation of original works of authorship and the free expression and exchange of ideas. Responsible Officer: Vice Provost - Academic Planning, Programs & Coordination Responsible Office: AC - Academic Planning, Programs & Coordination Issuance Date: 8/19/1992 Effective Date: 8/19/1992 Scope: This statement sets forth the University's Policy on the Copyright Ownership for works produced at, by, or through the University of California, its campuses, and the Department of Energy Laboratories. This Policy applies to University employees, students, and other persons or entities using designated University facilities or acting under contract with the University for commissioned works. This Policy addresses ownership of copyright; it does not address ownership or access to the underlying research results or data, as covered inAcademic Personnel Manual Section 020. It is does not change or affect obligations under the University of California Patent Policy. If, in any case, the application of the two policies gives rise to a conflict, the ownership principles of the Patent Policy shall apply. Read More Copyright Guidelines: The University of California Policy on Copyright Ownership ("UC Policy") addressed (i) the ownership of copyrightable material produced at the University, and (ii) the organizations responsible for implementation. The Chancellors were given the responsibility for implementation on their respective campuses. At UCSD, this responsibility was redelegated, through the Vice Chancellor-Resource Management and Planning, to the Technology Transfer Office. This document sets forth procedures implementing the UC Policy on the San Diego Campus. It is applicable to all employees and non-employees using University facilities, equipment, or funds in the preparation of their Work (III). The UC Policy and these campus Guidelines are applicable to all Work. In all cases in which students or non-employees prepare copyrightable materials with the support of University facilities or resources, exclusive of libraries, an agreement shall be executed in advance, where possible, setting forth an understanding regarding ownership rights. Where there is no agreement in advance, the parties and the Technology Transfer Office will negotiate an agreement regarding disposition of the copyrightable material after the fact. Read More Ownership of Course Materials: The purpose of this Policy on Ownership of Course Materials is to supplement the existing Copyright Ownership Policy by addressing copyright ownership issues related to materials prepared for instructional purposes. Read More

Copyright Notice

This software is Copyright © 2XXX The Regents of the University of California. All Rights Reserved. Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for educational, research and non-profit purposes, without fee, and without a written agreement is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice, this paragraph and the following three paragraphs appear in all copies. Permission to make commercial use of this software may be obtained by contacting: Office of Innovation and Commercialization 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0910 University of California La Jolla, CA 92093-0910 (858) 534-5815 This software program and documentation are copyrighted by The Regents of the University of California. The software program and documentation are supplied “as is”, without any accompanying services from The Regents. The Regents does not warrant that the operation of the program will be uninterrupted or error-free. The end-user understands that the program was developed for research purposes and is advised not to rely exclusively on the program for any reason. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION, EVEN IF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HAS NO OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCE, SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.

Campus Mobile App Submission Process

"Developing a native mobile app for the campus? Review these recommendations, guidelines, and requirements."

Core Facilities

The Office of Research Affairs maintains a listing of current research core facilities that are accessible to UCSD faculty, fellows, staff, students and external companies. Most of these core facilities are set up as recharge cores and many are equipped to accept outside business.

Office of Contract and Grant Administration

OCGA is responsible for the stewardship of sponsored research and research collaborations from government (federal and state), for-profit industry, non-profit, foreign, and University of California sponsors

Disclosure FAQ

What is a public disclosure? Public disclosure is giving someone outside of your partners, if applicable, the information to duplicate your product or idea. This can come in many formats such as, but not limited to, publication, seminars, and slideshows. Who can I tell? If you feel you must tell someone outside of your partners and the OIC, it is wise to have the person in question sign a confidentiality form before you discuss your innovation. If this is the case, let the OIC know before you start the IP Protection Process. Why is disclosing to the Office of Innovation important? Disclosure to the OIC allows for the Licensing officers to decipher if they can apply for patent protection of your product or idea. If you make a public disclosure, this may result in a loss of certain patent rights due to regional differences. This is made even more urgent by the recently added America Invents Act law change. The AIA law change makes the US patent system into a first to file basis rather than the first to invent. Therefore, if you publicly disclose your invention before it is protected you could lose the right to file for a patent. What rights will I forfeit? In the US, if you have publicly disclosed your innovation, you have a one year grace period to apply for a patent. If you exceed this grace period, your idea is no longer able to be patented. However, the minute you publicly disclose your idea, without a patent, you have lost your ability to apply for foreign protection. What information do I need to disclose to the Office of Innovation? One should disclose the title or name of your project and a detailed explanation of your idea required. The explanation should be detailed enough that someone in your field could re-enact the project.** This is needed for the examination of other patents to make sure your idea has not already been filed for a patent. All of the information that is given to the OIC will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of your knowledge.

Video: Entrepreneur Toolkit – IP Strategies for your business

Seminar on creating patent strategies when starting a new company from February 2016.

Conflict of Interest Office

The Conflict of Interest (COI) Office provides confidential assistance to faculty, staff, non-senate academics, and postdoctoral trainees to assess situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, their actions or judgments in the administration, management, teaching, research or performance of any professional activities at UC San Diego.

UC Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office, and the position of Register of Copyrights, were created by Congress in 1897 as a separate department of the Library of Congress. Twenty-two years earlier, Congress removed copyright registration from the district courts and centralized it in the Library of Congress. Today, the Copyright Office has approximately 450 employees, the majority of whom examine and register hundreds of thousands of copyright claims in books, music, movies, software, photographs, and other works of authorship each year. In fiscal year 2011, the Office processed more than 700,000 registration claims.

Reporting a New Innovation

Prior to any public disclosure of your innovation, please complete one of the forms below to report a new invention or copyright to the OIC. Upon completing a disclosure form, attach manuscript, presentations, or any supporting documents and send electronically to or by using interoffice mail to OIC at mail code 0910. Please contact our office if you have questions about completing the forms. We can be reached at or (858) 534-5815. Online disclosure submission is available at eDisclosure.

Open Flow Innovation

The Open Flow Innovation program is a new business-friendly approach to rapidly license technologies to new start-up companies on terms appropriate to the stage of development of these companies. More announcements about this new process will be forthcoming in the near future. If you have need for information now, please e-mail for more information. We want to thank the participants in the Express License program. We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years under the Express Licenses we executed together. Example Agreements: Copyright License  Invention License For more information on our Open Flow Innovation Program, click here.

Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers

Training material for academic researchers that discuss intellectual property that includes modules on patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.

IP Protection Process

The OIC process to insure and investigate if your idea is patentable.

Core Bio Services

Core Bio Services offers high-quality products and vendor services, featuring online ordering with competitive prices and free delivery to UCSD departments and affiliates.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)

A legal contract that establishes terms, conditions and a record of a transfer of tangible research materials between the owner and a recipient for research purposes. Required for material coming into and going out of UCSD  

US Patent & Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Has your invention already been patented by the USPTO? Search the collection of patents from 1790 at this link.

Startup Garage

Our goal at the Startup Garage is to help you bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life. Our team is here to serve as your business plan writer, start-up consultant, resource networking connection and entrepreneurial coach. We are the one-stop-shop for your business launch and expansion needs.

French BioBeach

French Bio Beach is a San Diego based organization acting as Business Platform and aiming at promoting scientific exchange, networking and partnering between Southern California and European Life Science communities with a focus on France.

A Better Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillation – Sanjiv Narayan and Ruchir Sehra, former clinical researchers at UC San Diego, co-founded Topera, successfully launching an improved medical device for atrial fibrillation ablation.

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  • 568 Ruchir Sehra
Sanjiv Narayan and Ruchir Sehra
Former clinical researchers, Co-Founders of Topera

Facial Emotions through AI – Marian Bartlett, former researcher, co-founded Emotient. The company’s Facial Action Coding Systems [FACS] measures primary emotions like anger, contempt, disgust, fear, joy, sadness and surprise. It can also register positive, negative or neutral response.

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Marian Bartlett
Former Research Scientist, Founder of Emotient

A Blood Test Sans Blood – Joshua Windmiller and Jared Tangney, former graduate students, co-founded Biolinq (fka Electrozyme) to develop skin-applied electrochemical sensors that analyze body fluids to provide actionable health information.

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  • 560 Joshua Windmiller
Jared Tangney and Joshua Windmiller
Former graduate students, Co-Founders of Electrozyme