Commercialization of Intellectual Property through CPBR

A 2010 survey of the 494 CPBR-funded university research projects for their intellectual property and commercialization results showed 112 US and 24 foreign patents, 116 patent applications pending, 39 active disclosures, 274 licenses (212 currently active), and at least 5 start-up companies. (Licensing fees and royalties are paid by the licensor to the universities that hold the patent rights.)

Patents: The cumulative average rate of US patents from CPBR-funded research projects is 2.34 patents/one million dollars ($1,000,000) of federal funding. The cumulative average university rate of US patents is 0.06 patents/one million dollars ($1,000,000) of federal funding (from the 191 US universities responding to 2009 AUTM survey). The CPBR patent rate is 3687 percent higher than the average university rate.

Active licenses: The cumulative rate of active licenses for technologies developed through CPBR-funded research projects is 4.42 licenses/one million dollars ($1,000,000) of federal funding. The cumulative average rate of active licenses from university research is 0.08 licenses/one million ($1,000,000) dollars of federal funding (AUTM survey). The CPBR active license rate is 5452 percent higher than the university average rate. CPBR's superior commercialization results reflect its organized, and competitive research and technology transfer process.

Publications: CPBR funding for university research has resulted in over 49 peer reviewed publications/ one million dollars ($1,000,000) of Federal funding.

CPBR's cumulative federal funding is $47.9 million ($47,900,000). The cumulative university federal funding is $53.9 billion ($53,900,000,000) (AUTM survey). The cumulative National Renewable Energy Laboratory federal funding is $536 million ($536,000,000) (www.nrel.gov).

CPBR's federal funding is 0.09 percent of the university federal funding and 8.94 percent of NREL federal funding.

CPBR-funded research has focused on improved energy crops, advanced biofuels and other industrial biochemicals and bioproducts, protection of the environment, and other social and economic benefits. The reported university research results include all fields and all disciplines.


Comparative Percentages
  • CPBR-funded research projects' average US patent/federal dollar rate is 3687 percent higher than the average US patent/federal $ rate of the 191 US universities reporting.
  • CPBR-funded research projects' average US patent/federal dollar rate is 270 percent higher than DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's patent/federal $ rate.
  • CPBR-funded projects' cumulative active license rate is 5452 percent higher than US universities' cumulative active license rate.
  • CPBR-funded projects' publication/federal dollar rate is 90 percent higher than the 44 percent reported by NSF.
*Association of University Technology Managers 2006 Survey
**NREL Website

CPBR Intellectual Property and Commercialization Results as of 9/31/08

(494 CPBR-funded University Research Projects)
Patents Granted 112
Foreign Patents Granted 24
Patents Pending 116
Additional Disclosures 39
Start-Up Companies 5
Total Licenses 274
Total Currently Active Licenses 212

US Patents
Patents Graph CPBR funding for university research has produced over 2.34 US patents per one million dollars ($1M) of Federal funding. This shows the effectiveness of the CPBR technology transfer process compared with the technology transfer processes used by US universities and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ("NREL").

*From latest AUTM Survey (2009)
AUTM Association of University Technology Managers. FY2009 Licensing Activity Survey. Retrieved July 11, 2011, from www.autm.net
**All patents available for license over 5 years
NREL National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Commercialization and technology Transfer. Retrieved July 11, 2011, from www.NREL.gov

Active Licenses/Inventions Commercialized
CPBR funding for university research has resulted in over 4.42 active US licenses per one million dollars ($1M) of Federal funding. This figure shows CPBR-funded projects' commercialization results as compared with US universities' commercialization results.

*From 2009 AUTM Survey
Patents Graph

Peer Reviewed Scientific Publications
Publications Graph

CPBR funding for university research has resulted in over 49 peer reviewed publications per one million dollars ($1M) of Federal funding. This figure shows CPBR-funded projects' publication results as compared with US universities' publication results.



*5 year average of publications/$1M federal funding to universities (NSF)
NSF National Science Foundation. Publications. Retrieved July 11, 2011, from www.NSF.gov