Does NPS always seek to share benefits?

No. Once NPS learns about research results that potentially have commercially valuable applications, NPS will evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether to negotiate benefits or decline to negotiate benefits. Based on that evaluation, the NPS will enter into an agreement to share or decline benefits with the institution that has a proposed commercial use. The agreement will state the NPS decision on benefits and other terms and conditions.

NPS will negotiate benefits with the other party when, based on best available information about the possible commercial use of the research, potential benefits would have some value to NPS resource management and to the general public.

Last updated: August 7, 2018