Tools (data, assays, libraries, research tools, reagents, model organisms, etc.) will be made available, in accordance with the 1999 Principles and Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Research Grants and Contracts on Obtaining and Disseminating Biomedical Research Resources (http://www.nih.gov/od/ott/RTguide_final.htm), to all researchers in both the private and public sector free or for a nominal charge and with minimal restriction. In some cases the Trustees of Dartmouth College (the institution) may determine that the public and the research community are better served by a licensing program whether or not patents have been filed. This may be relevant, for example, if a tool is best distributed under license to guarantee reagent availability and quality.
So that the entire research community can benefit from the tools, reagents, data and model organisms generated by the institution, pending third parties rights, the institution will transfer materials to outside researchers under a Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) generated and monitored by Dartmouth’s Technology Transfer Office. Such MTAs will be made with no more restrictive terms than the Simple Letter Agreement (SLA) to non-profit institutions or the Uniform Biological MaterialsTransfer Agreement (UMBTA) to for-profit ones.
Generally, the MTA will also include a requirement that new data developed by recipients of the tool become a part of publicly available data.
As a means of sharing knowledge, NIH encourages grantees to arrange for publication of NIH-supported original research in primary scientific journals. Awardees therefore will strive to publish their findings in a timely manner and acknowledge that the research was supported by the NIH. Brief delays in publication may be appropriate to permit the filing of patent applications and to ensure that confidential information obtained from industrial collaborator is not inadvertently disclosed. However excessive publication delays, requirements for editorial control or withholding of data undermine the credibility of research results and would be unacceptable to the institution.
Last Updated: 7/24/12