Nonprofit Funder - Research Institution Partnership

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In 2012 nonprofit funders and research institutions began meeting to discuss negotiating intellectual property (IP). Later meetings focused on intellectual property clauses and in 2016 and 2017 research operating costs and administrative and compliance requirements were addressed. Meetings were hosted by Stanford University, FasterCures, the Health Research Alliance (HRA), and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR). 

In 2017 a formal working group began conducting monthly calls and working to continue to advance discussions on IP and technology transfer, reimbursement of research operating costs and how to streamline administrative requirements. These discussions led to a May 16, 2018 meeting supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). Among the goals of the meeting was to engage the broader community of nonprofit funders and research institutions in these discussions and the work conducted to date and to consider the possible benefits of a broad, ongoing partnership between nonprofit funders and research institutions. Draft principles for a partnership were discussed at the meeting.  

Presentations and materials for the May 16 meeting and related working group efforts can be found on this webpage. The working group is continuing its monthly calls. Subgroups continue to work on the topics described above through the subcommittees listed below and will engage the broader community in these efforts.  A second GUIRR supported meeting has been scheduled for November 7, 2018 at the NASEM Keck Center in Washington, DC.  For information on the working group and planned meetings please contact Lisa Nichols at COGR or Maryrose Franko at HRA.


2019 NFRI Meeting Dates

May 22, 2019


September 24, 2019

Location: AAAS Building, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005



NFRI November 7, 2018 Workshop

NFRI May 16, 2018 Workshop



September 6, 2018 Webinar:  Indirect Costs (aka F&A):  Everything You Need To Know





Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer Workgroup

Research Project Support Costs Workgroup

Streamlining Administrative Requirements Workgroup