Bayh-Dole guidelines begin to emerge

BETHESDA, Md. - An NIH advisory committee, responding to criticisms of collaborative agreements between companies and organizations that conduct federally sponsored research, last week recommended guidance for research organizations intended to clarify how they can comply with the Bayh-Dole Act. The law, technically the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980, regulates transfers of federally funded R&D.

The committee, called the NIH Forum on Sponsored Research Agreements, made recommendations for NIH grantees that clarify, but do not expand or restrict, the scope of the Act.