Resources & Tools

The School of Innovation and Innovation Partners have made a variety of resources and tools available to the university community related to intellectual property, technology transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Browse the list of resources and tools available below, and please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or need additional information. 


Intellectual Property 

Virtual IP Attorney Office Hours
Standing monthly appointments June - August 2020
Got an intellectual property question? The School of Innovation and Innovation Partners are co-sponsoring IP Attorney Office Hours at no cost to TAMU faculty, staff, and students. Thirty minute appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis with IP Attorneys from firms across Texas. Not sure you are ready to meet with an Intellectual Property attorney? Check out our YouTube videos to find out how an IP attorney can help you! 
Patent Analytics Course using Patent Vector
Free self-paced course
Innovation Partners and the School of Innovation are excited to announce a free self-paced course in patent analytics using Patent Vector. Texas A&M University is the only university to have FREE access to Patent Vector!  This course will guide you through the web-based program to analyze patents, technology, and innovation trends. Patent Vector not only provides users with access to viewing thousands of patents from across the globe, but also provides tools to analyze the importance and impact of the patent, the assignees and the inventors. Available to all faculty, staff and students.

Technology Transfer

Tech Transfer Central Collaboration
Free learning modules
Research faculty: Have you ever wanted to know more about ways to protect your inventions? Ever been unsure about compliance issues? Want to know how to set up your startup company the right way from day one? Texas A&M School of Innovation and Innovation Partners are proud to announce a collaboration with Tech Transfer Central to bring you over 400 distance learning modules ABSOLUTELY FREE! What better way to use some extra time than to learn how to maximize your research in a stress-free, self-paced environment. To access any of the categories and distance learning for free, simply follow the login instructions below.
AUTM Collaboration
Free learning modules
Looking for some professional development or continued learning opportunities related to technology transfer? TAMU faculty, staff, and students have access to the AUTM educational library where you can access webinars and podcasts on various commercialization topics such as: Licensing, Strategy, IP Law, Compliance, Startups, Finance, and so much more! For instructions on how to access the AUTM Educational Library, watch our “How To” video or, head to the TAMU library database site and search for “AUTM Online Professional Development”. Follow the instructions on the ‘Texas A&M Campus Access Site’ to view webinars.

Internal Funding Opportunities

The Innovation[X] Program provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of  faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. The School of Innovation's interdisciplinary program is an opportunity to engage a broad array of students in a transformative learning project and explore translating research into actions that will have an impact on the community, nation, and the world.  Faculty teams may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded depends on funding and application levels. Funding for the next cycle of Innovation[X] projects begins September 1, 2020. Find additional information and a complete list of 2020-2021 projects on the Innovation[X] Website! Questions? Email


Translational Investment Fund
The Innovation Partners Translational Investment Fund provides investments into the development of disclosed technologies toward commercially relevant ends. Faculty and staff inventors whose inventions are managed by the Innovation Partners office may apply for investments of $50,000 - $75,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for Texas A&M University researchers to bridge the common gaps that arise in development of early-stage technologies that have not yet been licensed and have the potential to address a commercial or industrial need and ultimately impact the community, nation, and the world. Visit the Translational Investment Fund webpage for more information about this program.