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iEdison Rebuild

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User Test Groups

NIST held the first round of test user group tours of the new iEdison system from 02/16/21 – 3/1/2021.  These test groups received a sneak peak of the new system and provided critical feedback to help build the best iEdison possible. Thank you for all of those who participated. Additional test user opportunities will be posted and communicated when they are available.

Proposed Regulatory Changes

New proposed changes to the Bayh-Dole regulations have been published on the Federal Register.  The proposed changes are open for public comment until April 5, 2021.  NIST hosted a webinar on the proposed changes on February 25, 2021.  For additional information on the proposed changes and the webinar, see the NIST Technology Partnerships Office's website.

Development Timeline and Progress:

Development Timeline Updated 3_10_21


  • Core UI Development
  • Create Records, with data validation
  • Integrate with
  • Integrate with to validate organization profile registration
  • Integrate for secured login process
  • Identify user roles including permissions
  • Batch Data Imports

In Progress

  • Implement Business Rules (50%)
  • Implement Role and access controls (50%)
  • Develop Notifications (20%)
  • Develop New Functionalities such as Requests and Discussion (50%)
  • Data Mapping of Previous Data Fields to New Fields (90%)
  • Develop Test Environment for Testing and Feedback (40%)
  • Gather and Implement Feedback from Users (15%)
  • Develop process for organization and individual registration and approval (95%)
  • Create and implement different account roles (75%)
  • Data Test, Validate, Analyze, Etc. (50%)
  • Restructure data (50%)
  • Test file migration (75%)
  • Comprehensive Security Review and Tests (10%)
  • Create Training Presentations (10%)


  • Develop Reporting Capabilities
  • Develop API for external vendors
  • Subsequent Batch Imports
  • Subsequent Data Test, Validate, Analyze, Etc
  • Final Data Transfer
  • Create Users Guides
  • Create Help Resources
  • Online Virtual Trainings
  • In-Person Trainings (if possible)
  • Live Launch


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 identifying 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.  Many of these changes have been implemented or plan to be implemented into the new system.

On June 22, 2020, an iEdison Feedback Session was held during which NIST presented a preview of the redesigned iEdison website and discussed RFI responses from stakeholders detailing challenges and recommended improvements to the iEdison system. We would like to thank all of those who participated in our iEdison Feedback Session on June 22, 2020. If you were not able to attend and would like to see the presentations from the sessions, they are available here.

Based on the questions received during the Feedback Session, we have compiled a list of FAQs

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



Created December 14, 2016, Updated March 16, 2021