a2 Pilot Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Data Sharing and IP
Human Subjects Research
Funding and Terms
What data sharing expectations apply to pilot awardees?

As a federally funded initiative, the AITC program encourages sharing of nonproprietary resources and data in order to increase scientific knowledge, as permitted by confidentiality and consent requirements. a2 Pilot Awards applicants will be asked to review and agree to follow the a2 Collective Data and Resource Sharing Plan, which is available in our Applicant Resources section.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) developed using AITC funds?

The AITC university may claim partial IP rights of material generated through substantial collaboration with university labs and personnel, including PIs, employees, and students. Prior to entering into a collaboration, the awardee should contact the university’s technology transfer office to discuss the potential division of IP rights.

In addition, applicants proposing projects involving multiple institutions in collaboration should begin IP negotiations among those institutions as early as possible and resolve them prior to confirmation of award to avoid project delays.

How much detail on proprietary methods should be included in applications?

Although the AITCs expect a substantial description of the project’s approach, relevance, and aims, applicants should not include any IP in their applications that would normally be protected by a non-disclosure agreement.