Disclosing Inventions

Invention is the first formal step in the commercialization process. All inventions made by faculty, staff, and students must be disclosed to the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL). When you disclose the invention to CTL, a licensing professional will be assigned to manage the invention and will be in contact with you shortly.

Cornell Tech Transfer Process »

Disclosing Inventions to CTL »

Material Transfers

Tangible research materials are tangible items produced during the course of academic activities and includes, among other things, biological materials such as clones, plasmids, gene fragments, DNA probes, hybridomas or other cell lines, transgenic animals and plant breeding materials.

Plant Breeder SWMTA MTA for Plant Breeders Non-Plant Breeder SWMTA MTA for Non-Plant Breeders Material Transfer Request UBMTA Implementing Letter

Disclosure Forms

To ensure maximum protection rights for your invention, it is important to file an invention disclosure form before any public disclosure such as a public presentation. The invention disclosure form should be submitted with a written description of the invention (additional manuscripts, explanatory drawings, and supporting data are also very helpful).

Invention Disclosure Form »
Plant Material Disclosure Form »
Copyright Disclosure Form »
All Inventor Forms »

IGNITE - Cornell Research Funding Program: Bench to Market


IGNITE is Cornel Research’s next generation funding program growing out of its original gap fund, the Cornell Technology Acceleration and Maturation (CTAM) Fund launched by OVPR in 2014. With over 30 projects funded in its first 5 years, completed projects have gone on to raise $34 for every $1 funded in further corporate research grants/gifts and venture investment, achieving a total impact of over $30.3M.

Read more about the IGNITE Program »