Ethics and Technology Transfer Activities at UH

In 2017, Act 38 and Act 39 were signed into law to facilitate the transfer of UH research into commercially viable businesses to expand workforce opportunities, help diversify the economy and provide useful products to the community.  Act 38 confers to UH regulatory and oversight responsibilities of certain sections of the State Ethics Code for technology transfer activities sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i. Act 39 provides UH statutory authority to engage in activities to support UH affiliated startup companies.

Before UH or any UH employee takes part in any technology transfer activity where Acts 38 and 39 may apply, the activities must be reviewed for potential conflicts of interest by UH. 

To request review of the proposed activity, the employee should submit the Request for Review of Technology Transfer Activities form (MS Word Document).

Act 38 relates to technology transfer activities sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i and defines “technology transfer activities” as the “process of transferring scientific findings from the public sector to the private sector for the purpose of commercial development and application for personal or financial gain.”

Eligible “technology transfer activities” may include:

  • Creating joint ventures, limited partnerships, or other corporate forms
  • Allocating equity shares, partnership interests, or other forms of participation
  • Identifying new technologies
  • Protecting technologies through patents and copyrights
  • Forming development and commercialization strategies, arrangements, or projects

Please contact the Office of Innovation and Commercialization with any questions.

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FAQs

The following UH policies and procedures address COI:

Research proposals will not be submitted to extramural sponsors unless all Investigators and Key Person listed on the proposal have completed required conflict of interest disclosures. More information is provided on the Office of Research Services website.

You can submit a Request for Review of Technology Transfer Activities form to begin the review process by UH. You can also contact the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at uhott@hawaii.edu or 956-9024.

You may contact the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at uhott@hawaii.edu or 956-9024. You can also contact the Office of Research Compliance Research Integrity Program at coi@hawaii.edu or Renee Harada at 956-9596.

Act 38 relates to technology transfer activities sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i and defines “technology transfer activities” as the “process of transferring scientific findings from the public sector to the private sector for the purpose of commercial development and application for personal or financial gain.”

Eligible “technology transfer activities” may include:

  • Creating joint ventures, limited partnerships, or other corporate forms
  • Allocating equity shares, partnership interests, or other forms of participation
  • Identifying new technologies
  • Protecting technologies through patents and copyrights
  • Forming development and commercialization strategies, arrangements, or projects