Technology Commercialization

The University of Georgia now offers companies sponsoring research three additional ways to license intellectual property developed in the course of their research collaborations. The new program, Industry Express, makes negotiating research agreements a faster and more transparent process that also eliminates uncertainty about licensing costs.

The three Industry Express agreements offer companies an exclusive license in each case, with flexibility for the duration of the license and the payment terms. Each alternative includes a defined-upfront license fee set at a percentage of the total sponsored project budget, which means companies know exactly how much it will cost.

Many industry collaborators are familiar with the traditional option, which is still available. With the traditional agreement, there is no upfront fee, and sponsors have exclusive access to negotiate patent rights for up to six months after project completion.

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In mid-March, the login process for several UGA systems will change. Students, faculty and staff will need to use ArchPass, UGA’s two-step login solution, powered by DUO, to access the following:

  • eLearning Commons, for users with a MyID (, effective March 12
  • Employee Self-Service Site (, effective March 12
  • Athena (, effective March 23

When logging in to each of these systems, you will enter your MyID and password, and then verify your ID with a phone or tablet enrolled in DUO. Once you log in with ArchPass, you can choose to have your browser remember your ArchPass login for seven days. After seven days, or if you switch to different device or web browser, you will have to login with ArchPass again.

Requiring ArchPass for these systems helps ensure the continued security of student and employee data.

Enroll your devices and find more info at

Compliance, Integrity & Safety

UGA’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is pursuing accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP), an independent accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.

The first steps in the accreditation application process, which included a thorough self-assessment and development of new or revised HRPP policies and procedures, are complete.

AAHRPP will conduct a site visit to review UGA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) records and assess (through interviews) whether the policies and procedures for human research protections described in the university’s written application are translated into practice. Principal investigators and research staff conducting human research, IRB members and staff, and key HRPP personnel will be included in the interviews.

The site visit will take place from Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Friday, March 2, 2018.

An HRPP accreditation website is available with information and materials to help research faculty and staff prepare and know what to expect during the site visit.

For questions related to accreditation, please contact Dr. Benilda Pooser at or 706-542-9720.

Compliance, Integrity & Safety

The Office of Research Safety has recently adopted a new policy governing the disposal of sharps, pointed plastics and glass (broken and unbroken). This policy is designed to reduce the potential for injuries and near misses when building service workers are removing waste from the laboratories. The effective date of this policy is January 10, 2018.

See policy for more information.


Research leaders from the eight universities in the Georgia Research Alliance have signed an agreement for the shared use of research core facilities at each of their institutions. The arrangement means identified core facilities and equipment will be available to scientists at all eight institutions at the same rates and terms offered to internal facility users.


GRA universities with participating core facilities

Contact member institutions about participating facilities, rates and for more information.

Internal Grants & Awards Funding

Twelve faculty teams at the University of Georgia have been selected to receive research awards through the institution’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program. More than 150 faculty teams submitted research proposals to this competitive program.

“I want to congratulate the recipients of these awards on their outstanding research proposals,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I am excited about the potential for their work to help address a wide range of grand challenges facing our state, nation, and world and to feed the growing momentum surrounding the research enterprise at UGA.”  

Morehead noted that the budget for the seed grant program was capped originally at $1 million, but the high number of strong proposals led him to increase the budget to approximately $1.4 million in order to fund a greater number of promising research projects.

Proposals were reviewed by a team of UGA faculty and administrators jointly assembled by Vice President for Research David Lee and Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum.

“The review team was pleased to receive so many excellent proposals from across the University,” Lee said. “The great interest in this program is a clear sign of the deep commitment among our faculty to collaborate across traditional disciplinary lines to create new knowledge and make discoveries that improve the world around us.”

The review team selected winning proposals based on demonstrated potential to address key grand challenges and to generate new external funding in the future. Inclusion of public service and outreach components also was considered, among other criteria.

“Above all else, the winning proposals reflect what makes the University of Georgia special as a land-grant institution,” said Frum, “and that is the ability to harness vast resources in teaching, research, and service to address the complex challenges facing communities across Georgia and beyond.”

See winning proposals and investigators.

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