IIFH- Innovation Access Technology Transfer Fellow


Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2023


The UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health has partnered with InnovationAccess to offer a Technology Transfer Fellowship for PhDs or Postdocs interested in the legal questions around commercializing university research.

Selected fellows utilize their technical background and prior experience with entrepreneurship, innovation and/or use-inspired research to further build expertise in the areas of technology licensing, intellectual property, and business development related to the fields of agriculture, food and health. Projects relate specifically to intellectual property and technology transfer and may include:

• Prior art searches
• Contract/grant analysis
• Technology assessments
• Market analyses
• Term sheet support
• Invention harvesting
• IP strategy

Fellows will help scout potential technologies for commercialization, assess commercial potential through market research, learn valuation and deal making, and support IP processes. Fellows will be provided with regular guidance and mentorship through InnovationAccess’s professional staff.


  • Flexible Start Date
  • 6 months with possibility of extension
  • 50% flexible, remote appointment (~20 hrs/week)
  • Must be PhD candidate or Postdoc in technical field, preferably broadly related to food or
    metabolic health
  • Preferred, but not required: Documented evidence of interest in commercialization activities in food and health (eg.
    completion of IIFH Innovator Fellowship or IIE Business Development Fellows, experience working at a startup, etc)


  • 50% appointment stipend coverage by IIFH for duration of fellowship, covering tuition and
    stipend for GSRs or 50% salary for Postdocs during the six months of commitment.


For consideration, please submit the following in a combined PDF to [email protected]:

  • CV/resume,
  • One-page statement of intent
    • Statement of Interest should detail existing research appointment, relevant experience and desired learning outcomes for the fellowship.
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Note of approval for participation from your PI
    • note: if your letter of recommendation is from your PI, you don’t need this second document.


Questions? Want to learn more? Email [email protected].