Notice Regarding Requirement of Grantees and Contractors to Submit Invention Disclosures, Related Reports and Documents Via iEdison

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-080

Key Dates
Release Date: March 17, 2015

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this Guide Notice is to inform Grantees and Contractors that NIH requires all invention disclosures, related reports and documents to be submitted electronically via Interagency Edison (iEdison). 


It is NIH’s policy that the results and accomplishments of the activities that it funds should be made available to the public. Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) and funding recipients are expected to make the results and accomplishments of their activities available to the research community and to the public at large.  If the outcomes of the research result in inventions, the provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, as amended, and set forth at 35 U.S.C. § 200 et. al. and  implemented at 37 C.F.R. § 401, apply.  iEdison has been available since 1995 and the majority of NIH grantees and contractors use iEdison to comply with the requirements of the Bayh Dole Act.  

Electronic Reporting Via iEdison Required

Bayh-Dole regulations permit funding recipients to report inventions electronically (37 CFR 401.16). To meet the objectives of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-107), NIH requires electronic reporting through an internet-based system, iEdison (  iEdison supports confidential transmission of required information and provides a utility for generating reports and reminders of pending reporting deadlines.

All required iEdison submissions that are submitted via fax, mail, drop offs, etc. will not be accepted and will be returned to the submitter.

NIH Intellectual Property Policies and Notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts applicable to Extramural Awards are available at the following URL:  Additionally, information about how to use Interagency Edison and information about the iEdison system which is managed by NIH and used by more than 30 federal agency offices is available at the following URL:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Scott Cooper
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
National Institutes of Health
Telephone: 301-435-0785