Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowships

There are no openings for the IRTA position.

The NIH Office of Technology Transfer has postdoctoral fellowship opportunities available under the Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) authority to qualified candidates in the field of technology transfer. These fellowships enable candidates to combine their science background with training and experience in the technology transfer field. Fellows work with OTT marketing, patenting, and licensing staff, as well as researchers and technology and business development people within and outside NIH. Fellows are required to spend 20% of their training time in an assigned NIH laboratory and 80% at OTT.

Duties & Responsibilities

Fellows will receive hands-on specialized training.
Fellows will be mentored in and assigned tasks related to:

  • Intellectual Property Basics
  • Marketing of Technology
  • Introduction to Licensing and Negotiation Practices
  • Technology Transfer Policy
  • Monitoring of Technology Development
  • Customer Service and Interpersonal Relations

Who May Apply

  • Candidates must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.O., Pharm.D., or equivalent degree in biomedical or related science in the last five years.
  • Candidates must have no more than five years of relevant postdoctoral research experience.
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Special note: Fellows are not employees of the Federal Government. As such, Technology Transfer IRTA trainees may not represent the Government in negotiations or sign documents on behalf of the Government.

Compensation & Benefits


  • Stipends are determined by the level of education and the number of years of experience post-graduation and are based on approved Postdoctoral IRTA stipend ranges.
  • Stipends are paid monthly in arrears.
  • Annual stipend increases may be given on a Fellow's anniversary date.

Health Insurance

  • An approved plan of health insurance is available through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES).

How To Apply


  • A resume or CV, and
  • a request for Intramural Research Training Award (NIH Form 2590), and
  • a signed statement of interest explaining why you are interested in a fellowship with the Office of Technology Transfer, and
  • three letters of recommendation.

Submit all documents to the Point of Contact (see below) by email, mail, hand delivery or fax.

Contact Information

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of Technology Transfer
Attn: Tracy Wallace-White
6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325 (MSC 7660)
Rockville, MD 20852-3804
Fax: 301-496-9056 -- Attn: Tracy Wallace-White