Submit An Idea

Share Your Discoveries & Ideas

Our Engagement Request Form is available for UVA researchers to easily share research discoveries, new ideas, and inventions with our team of licensing, legal, and business professionals. Submitting this form will initiate a conversation with UVA LVG about your invention's commercial potential and the protection resources available. 

An invention can be a new process, machine, creation, software, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new or useful improvement upon them with commercial potential. Unsure if your idea meets this criteria? Fill out the form to begin a conversation with UVA LVG about your research. 

A timely disclosure of your idea, before you make any public disclosures such as poster presentations or journal publications, will help us protect any intellectual property arising from your discovery. It will also help us keep you in compliance with UVA policies and those of any relevant funding agencies.

You can submit your invention using the digital Engagement Request Form, or the PDF version of the engagement request form, both linked below. Instructions are included on the form. Email the completed form to 

As a service to UVA faculty, staff and students, our team will work with you through the process to maximize the potential for your idea to make a lasting impact on the world around us. Thank you in advance for your proactive engagement with our office.


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