Reminder: Interagency Edison Requests for Extensions of Time to Retain Title to a Subject Invention or to File an Initial Patent Application under NIH Funding Agreements

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-065

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 11, 2017   
Effective Date:  May 15, 2017   

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice is issued to remind all NIH awardee institutions (including but not limited to universities, non-profit entities, and for-profit entities), that NIH approval is required for extensions of time to disclose a subject invention to NIH, elect title to a subject invention, and file an initial patent application.  New enhancements have been made, following requests made by NIH's funding recipients, to Interagency Edison (iEdison) to better ease compliance with 37 C.F.R. 401.14 and the terms and conditions of NIH's funding agreements when requesting approval for an extension of time to elect title and file an initial patent application.   These iEdison enhancements enable a funding recipient to specify an extension of time request and attach a document in the iEdison "Other Document" section which will be reviewed by NIH when receiving an automatic prompt from iEdison that a request for an extension has been made.  

NIH award recipients and/or subcontractors or subrecipients are reminded to request an extension, along with a narrative justification, not less than 60 days in advance of the deadline to allow for NIH review.  The request and all required information must be provided through iEdison. For more detailed instructions to request an extension of time see the link below for iEdison Frequently Asked Questions.


NIH Grant Policy Statement 8.2.4; 37 C.F.R. 401.14(c)

Registration in iEdison to record your invention(s): .

Invention reporting compliance requirements: and

iEdison Frequently Asked Questions:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Extramural Inventions & Technology Resources (DEITR)
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Telephone: 301-435-1986