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 arising from research programs throughout the University of Iowa and  is the resource for faculty and staff researchers in the areas of patent prosecution, outgoing material transfer agreements, marketing, and licensing.

The UIRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors working to get the UI technologies and inventions out into the world. UIRF accomplishes this by:

  • Building relationships with researchers through IP protection and commercialization;
  • Working collaboratively with industry through IP licensing or other partnerships; and
  • Supporting new ventures through streamlined agreements, resources, training, and funding referrals.


University of Iowa research makes a big difference in the world, contributing to human health, safety, and well-being. Learn more about our inventions, licenses, and startups in the data below.

Annual Numbers
Description FY16 FY15 FY14 FY13 FY12 FY11
Invention Disclosures Received 151 147 139 98 102 68
U.S. Patent Applications Filed 142 110 90 85 72 62
International Applications Filed 90 36 94 57 44 28
U.S. Patents Issued 25 24 25 24 31 31
International Patents Issued 42 26 55 50 28 12
Options/Licenses Executed 40 40 32 29 21 23
Outgoing Material Transfer Agreements 128 170 131 106 116 140
Confidentiality Agreements 72 54 65 58 111 60