Technology Validation Agreements (TVAs)
It is not uncommon for an industry sponsor to request validation of the capabilities of an existing University technology before investing time and money into a patent license based on the technology. The UT Austin – Technology Validation Agreement provides the means of performing this evaluation.
A TVA is a combination of a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and a validation plan. Industry sponsors pay a flat fee for University inventors to make an initial determination as to whether a particular University technology may be applicable to the Sponsor’s product or equipment capability.
Given positive results from the TVA, the industry sponsor may decide to secure a license to the University technology and/or to enter into a Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) to explore the possibility of further developing the existing technology.
Contact a Licensing Specialist at the Office of Technology Commercialization about how to initiate a TVA or discuss its application to a specific University technology, or contact the Office of Industry Engagement for general information.