who we are

The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) is here to help bring your ideas to the world.

The UIRF assists University of Iowa (UI) faculty researchers in the transfer of technology from the lab to the global marketplace. The UIRF team works to ensure that the world-class research created by our faculty and staff brings about a world-class impact. The office manages a wide variety of intellectual properties (IP) arising from research programs throughout the University of Iowa and is the resource for faculty and staff researchers in the areas of patent prosecution, marketing, and licensing.

The UIRF is part of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and works to deliver UI technologies and inventions out into the world by:

  • Building relationships with researchers through IP protection and commercialization;
  • Working collaboratively with industry through IP licensing or other partnerships; and
  • Supporting new ventures in collaboration with UI Ventures.