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  • The Federal Government has established the following Principles for disseminating unique biomedical research resources that are not commercially available while respecting the intellectual property interests of the developers.
  1. Ensure academic freedom and publication

  2. Ensure appropriate implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act (35 USC 200 et seq)

  3. Minimize administrative impediments to academic research

  4. Ensure dissemination of research resources developed with NIH funds.

  • The research resources described are tangible research tools and materials used in the laboratory and are provided at either no cost or with a request to reimburse expenses associated with packaging, shipment, storage, maintenance, etc.
  • Although specifically applicable to research tools/materials developed or used with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), UAB applies these principles, to the limits possible, to obtaining and disseminating tools/materials regardless of source including commercial sources.
  • Sharing Biomedical Research Resources: Principles an Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Research Grants and Contracts http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1999-12-23/pdf/99-33292.pdf