NIH NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) is seeking motivated applicants with a strong scientific background and excellent communication skills for the NIAID Technology Transfer Fellowship Program (TTFP). Fellows will be mentored by professionals that work side-by-side with with world-renowned NIAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists and will be part of the team that helps transfer innovations from the lab to commercial products (including vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics) that benefit global public health.

The NIAID is one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 60 years, NIAID research has led to new inventions including therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world. The NIAID TTIPO plays a critical role by advancing the development and commercialization of NIAID as well as CDC inventions.

Why should I apply?

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the policies and laws that drive technology transfer at NIH and develop skills for a career in technology transfer. The TTFP will prepare Fellows for technology transfer positions within universities, industry, or the government (with most former Fellows becoming federal employees).

Completed applications previously submitted to the Technology Transfer Fellowship Program, reference code NIH-NIAID-2019-0003, are being considered. If the application status for this opportunity shows as Submitted - complete on your Zintellect dashboard, there are no further actions needed from you at this time.

What will I be doing?

Fellows in the NIAID TTFP will be mentored on how NIAID:

  • Reviews inventions reported by NIAID or CDC scientists for potential patenting, licensing, and/or marketing.
  • Negotiates confidential disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, cooperative research and development agreements, and other technology transfer agreements for NIAID.
  • Negotiates licenses for NIAID and CDC technologies and monitors licenses for compliance.
  • Manages a portfolio of patent applications, issued patents and other forms of intellectual property.
  • Promotes collaborations with academia, industry, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please visit the NIAID TTIPO website for more information. Candidates should send their questions to

Where will I be located? Rockville, MD

In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH NIAID may modify their operation schedule and access to facilities to ensure the health and safety of their entire workforce while maintaining operational effectiveness. Hence, the location is subject to change contingent on NIH NIAID guidelines and may result in a virtual placement.


  • Appointments are typically made for one year and are renewable for a total of three years.  Stipend rates are established and non-negotiable. Stipends are reported to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as fellowship awards however, no federal income taxes will be withheld. Stipends are paid monthly.

1st year stipend rate: $58,980 annually
2nd year stipend rate: $64,800 annually
3rd year stipend rate: $72,000 annually

  • Health Insurance Supplement
  • A training and travel allowance of $5,000 is established for each participant annually.

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

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Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Either have received or expect to complete all requirements for a master’s degree or Doctoral degree in an eligible scientific field (see Eligibility Requirements below) by the anticipated start date. Applicants currently pursuing a doctoral degree must provide proof of completion of all degree requirements before the fellowship start date. Applicants with a Juris Doctor or Masters in Business Administration degree with an underlying bachelor’s or master’s degree in an eligible scientific field, are also qualified to apply.

  • Have strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with scientific, technical, professional, and administrative staff.

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.

A complete application consists of:

  • Complete Zintellect profile
  • Essay Questions
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts Note: Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of application, an official copy will be required if selected before you are eligible to start the appointment. 
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two (2) educational or professional recommendations - You are encouraged to request a recommendation from a professional who can speak to your abilities and potential for success as well as your scientific capabilities and personal characteristics. Recommendation requests must be sent through the Zintellect. Recommendations submitted via email will not be accepted.  Recommendation must be submitted before an offer is made.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to and Please include the reference code NIH-NIAID-TTIPO-TTFP-2021 for this opportunity in your email.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Postdoctoral or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (1 )
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (11 )
    • Engineering (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (26 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (1 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )

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