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iEdison Rebuild

NIST, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and the Interagency Working Group for Bayh-Dole, has been working diligently on the rebuild of the Interagency Edison reporting system for extramural inventions.

The first phase of the rebuild involved engagement with stakeholders to identify challenges and recommended improvements to the iEdison system via a Request for Information published in the Federal Register on December 16, 2019 and opened for comment through January 27, 2020.   More than 50 responses were received from Universities, Non-Profits, For-Profits, Federal Agencies, and Individuals.  These responses provided priceless feedback and each has been reviewed, analyzed, and categorized.  Responses covered the entire Bayh-Dole/iEdison process including:

  • workflow and design
  • technical glitches and capabilities
  • areas of common confusion
  • documentation requirements
  • updates needed
  • requested training
  • reporting suggestions
  • communication and consistency

Many of these suggested changes have already been planned into the new system, much of the basic structure of which has been designed.  NIST continues working to implement many of these suggested changes into the new iEdison system as it is refined and completed. 

Bethany Loftin joined the NIST Technology Partnerships Office on April 27, 2020 to act as the in-house iEdison point of contact for both contractors and agencies.  Bethany has several years of iEdison experience and has already begun working on RFI responses, providing programming feedback, and conducting conversations with end users of the iEdison system.  Please feel free to reach out to Bethany with any suggestions or questions at .

A web meeting is being held on June 22, 2020 to present an overview of the RFI responses, an update on system development, a preview of the user interface design and an opportunity to provide additional feedback on NIST’s development and policy considerations.  We encourage you to attend this web meeting and will be using various online tools to generate discussion and collect additional information.  If you have not registered, please visit the event webpage.

Additional information regarding stakeholder comments, progress, and release dates will be posted here as it becomes available.

Created December 14, 2016, Updated May 27, 2020