Patent Assistance Fund Awards

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The goal of the Patent Assistance Fund is to ensure adequate prosecution of intellectual property (“IP”) relating to CIRM Funded Inventions (“CFIs”) (as defined in the CIRM Grants Administration Policy for Academic and Non-Profit Institutions (GAP)) that have commercial relevance.

CIRM has become aware that some non-profit grantees faced with budget constraints forgo prosecution of intellectual property relating to CFIs, thereby potentially diminishing the value of the Inventions and their potential to attract downstream investment critical to commercialization and revenue generation. Consistent with CIRM’s existing IP policy, Grantees will continue to own CFIs and determine the ideal path to commercial exploitation of such inventions. CIRM will offer to provide assistance from post-provisional through to national phase applications. CIRM’s program is intended to provide funding assistance to help ensure Grantees preserve IP positions that are intended to enhance the marketability of CFIs and make downstream investment and development more likely.

Please see the PA for full details:
PA 12-08 : CIRM Patent Assistance Fund Awards [pdf] (Updated 3.23.15)

Application Process

Submission of an application for the CIRM Patent Funding Program involves a two-step process. First, for ease of administration, CIRM will require eligible non-profit institutions in California to submit an application for an award that will authorize up to $300,000 for use by the Grantee to fund eligible patent activities as described in the Program Announcement. Second, the disbursement of funding under the award is subject to review and approval of subsequent Grantee requests for funds. Such requests must include all required documentation needed for CIRM approval.

Eligibility: Only Technology Transfer Officials at current CIRM Grantee institutions are eligible to apply for funds under this program. In order to access the application, a Technology Transfer Official must register via the Grants Management Office at CIRM. If you are a Technology Transfer Official and you are interested in applying for this program and have not already registered, please contact Gabriel Thompson at

To submit an Application:
1. Go to the Grants Management Portal ( and log in with your existing CIRM Username and Password. If you do not have a Username, and are a Technology Transfer Official for your Insitution, please contact Gabriel Thompson at

2. On the “Open Programs” page, look for the section of the page labeled “RFAs and Programs Open for Applications”.  Click on the “Start a Grant Application” link located next to the “PA 12-08 CIRM Patent Assistance Fund Awards: Grant Application” section.

3. Complete each section of the application by clicking on the appropriate link and following the posted instructions. Templates for the application proposal (Part B) and the signature page can be found and submitted in the “Upload Required Documents” section.

4. To submit your application, click on the Submit (application number) button. Please note that once this has been selected, you will no longer be able to make changes to your Appllication.

5. To confirm submission of your Application, go back to your home page and click on the tab labeled “Your Applications”.  Check the list under the section labled “Your Submitted Applications”. Your application number and project title for “PA 12-08 Patent Assistance Fund” will display under the “Your Submitted Applications” section once the submission process has been completed. 

Schedule of Deadlines

Applicants will have opportunities to apply for a Patent Assistant Fund grant on a monthly basis until June 30, 2016.

Contact Information

For programmatic inquires:
C. Scott Tocher
Counsel to the Chair,
Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Phone: 415-396-9136

For application questions:
Gabe Thompson
Director of Grants Management
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Phone: 415-396-9274

ICOC Approval:
June 11, 2011
Total Awards:
Award Value:


Institution Investigator Grant Title Award Value
Human BioMolecular Research Institute Dr. John R Cashman Intellectual Property for Stem Cell-Related Inventions – HBRI $50,000
University of California, San Francisco Karin Immergluck PhD Patent Assistance Fund Proposal – UCSF $87,257
University of California, Davis David McGee CIRM Patent Prosecution Assistance Fund for Stem Cell Technologies – UCD $48,595
University of California, Santa Barbara Bernadette McCafferty Intellectual Property in Regenerative Bioengineering from CIRM funded research in regenerative medicine at the University of California, Santa Barbara. $23,564
University of California, Irvine Ronnie Hanecak CIRM Patent Assistance Fund Application – UCI $46,155
University of California, Los Angeles Adele Rennie Patent Assistance Fund – UCLA $84,973
Stanford University Katharine Ku Funding for Patent Applications for CIRM-funded Inventions out of Stanford University $3,525
University of California, San Diego Dr. Rubén D. Flores Patent Assistance Fund Application – UCSD $38,162