Academic Tech Transfer and Commercialization Graduate Student Literature Review Prize

Preliminary Application Deadline: September 28, 2012

Technology transfer is increasingly central to the mission of universities, academic health centers, and research institutes. Research and scholarship on the topic has also advanced considerably in recent years. Unfortunately, this body of research is often written to serve a researcher to researcher audience and is not always easily consumable by practitioners.

Recognizing the importance of academic research for informing technology transfer practice, the AUTM Foundation supports the efforts of emerging graduate student scholars with a literature review prize that provides technology transfer professionals with an understanding of what a particular stream of research and scholarship has to say about policy, practice, and/or technology commercialization success. The goal of this prize is to provide an incentive to scholars to think about new ways that their work can serve the technology transfer community.


The contest is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. graduate students. The literature reviews must be written in English and have been completed within the year prior to the deadline for initial abstract submission.

Review Criteria

  1. Topical saliency to AUTM members
  2. Adequate richness of discussion useful for application to practice.
  3. Strength of conceptual framework for organizing the review (i.e., way in which the author sought to tie the literature together rather than offer a rote list of article summaries).
  4. Strength and legitimacy of faculty advisor recommendation.


September 28 Initial application and review abstracts due
October 12 Semi-finalists notified to submit full reviews
November 16 Full reviews due
December 19 Winners notified

Literature Review Prize Details

The AUTM Foundation will award the first place recipient with a cash award. The first place prize is $1,000 US plus free registration for the AUTM Annual Meeting and up to $1,000 to cover travel costs for attending the AUTM Annual Meeting.

The second and third place prize winners will be awarded free registration for the AUTM Annual Meeting and may receive funds up to $1,000 to cover travel costs for attending the AUTM Annual Meeting.

All prize recipients will be recognized at the AUTM Annual Meeting and receive award plaques. The AUTM 2013 Annual meeting takes place February 27 - March 2, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

Recipients will also be invited to present their reviews at a special session at the AUTM Annual Meeting. Assistance will be provided to prize recipients to prepare their work for publication consideration.

The AUTM Foundation seeks thematic reviews that explore institutional and/or environmental factors helpful for informing technology transfer practice in areas such as (and not necessarily limited to):

  • Approaches to intellectual property protection
  • Context issues associated with location/external environment (such as regional/state economic and cluster factors and impacts)
  • Culture change
  • Financing/funding
  • Incentive systems
  • Institutional, state, and/or federal policy
  • International approaches and/or comparisons
  • Legal and/or ethical issues
  • Licensing strategy
  • Office management
  • Organizational structure and design
  • Professional training and development
  • Start-up company formation and development
  • Entrepreneurship


If you have questions about the Academic Tech Transfer and Commercialization Graduate Student Literature Review Prize, contact Narcisa Despoiu at or call +1-847-559-0846, ext. 253.

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How to Apply

Download and complete the application and send to If e-mail is not an option, please mail or fax the application package to:

AUTM Foundation
Literature Review Prize
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015
Facsimile: 1-847-480-9282

Applications must include letters of recommendation to be considered complete.

The preliminary applications deadline is September 28, 2012.