CITI Learning Resources

Technology Transfer by CITI

This course is designed for university faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff members. It is particularly useful for learners who are seeking to understand technology transfer and commercialization processes and how to work with the OC to succeed in getting their discoveries into the market. It is also beneficial to learners who may be involved in their university’s technology transfer processes and those who work in a TTO.

CITI courses can be accessed directly through CITI’s website.  Login with your WSU credentials to have your profile automatically built out for you. See below for full break down on all steps needed to complete the Technology Transfer CITI course.

For help getting started, or searching for new courses, please refer to our guides below.


NEW!– WSU Direct Login is now available for CITI! For those that have have already created an account you will be prompted to link your personal account to your WSU account (if you used the same email).

Course Contents

The Technology Transfer course consists of 6 different modules. Below is an abstract on each module.

  1. Introduction to University tech transfer
    This module introduces the university technology transfer and commercialization processes, including how to work with a technology transfer office. Learners will also explore the different types of intellectual property and agreements that are part of technology transfer.
  2.  How to work with a TTO
    Technology transfer offices (TTOs) – sometimes referred to as technology licensing, technology commercialization, or innovation offices – are the administrative offices that link research discoveries to industry partners that have the resources and expertise to develop them into products or services.
  3. Intellect Property
    Intellectual property (IP) encompasses creations of the mind for which the law affords protection. These include inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names and images, information, and the know-how that are used in commerce. One of the main roles of technology transfer offices is to support the identification, protection, and commercialization of university-derived inventions. IP is a critical component of this process and serves as the basis for commercialization of university research discoveries.
  4. Agreements
    Agreements are a way for two or more individuals or parties to formalize a relationship they want to enter into, clarify in writing the role and obligations of each party during the term of an agreement, and provide a legal recourse to both parties if these obligations are not met.
  5. Licensing to and starting a company
    One road to commercializing scientific discoveries developed in the laboratory is to start a company. Starting a company means that, rather than licensing the technology to an existing industry partner, the university licenses the technology to a newly formed entity where the inventor likely has a stake in ownership. This module outlines the main steps involved in starting a life sciences company. It explains when it makes sense to form a new company and when it may be better to license a technology to an existing company with the resources to take it forward. As such, the module discusses how to work with a Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to license a technology from a university to a new company. Since many TTOs require a commercialization plan before they agree to license a technology to a new company, the module briefly covers the elements of writing a formal business plan.
  6. Bringing it All Together
    This module reviews some of the key concepts discussed in the course, including invention disclosure, the different types of intellectual property, the identification of potential licensees and investors, the types of agreements used in technology transfer, and the different paths to successful commercialization.

Quick Facts

  • 6 modules
  • Estimated: 3-5hrs

Setting up your CITI Account

    1. Access your account directly through CITI’s website.
    2. After you have logged in, scroll down and select Add a course.Screenshot of adding a course link
    3. Select Technology Transfer to register for the informational course.Image of Adding Tech Transfer Course
    4. Agree to the term of use for the course.
      Citi Tech Terms
    5. You are now registered! Click ‘Start Now’ on a course subject to start, the training module.

CITI start course work screen

Continuing your coursework

  1. Login to your CITI account to pick up where you left off with your training.
  2. Click View Courses.Screenshot of home Screen
  3. Click Continue Course.
    CITI start course work screen

Adding New Coursework

  1. Login to your CITI account to pick up where you left off with your training.
  2. Click View Courses.
  3. Scroll down and click Add a Course.
    Screenshot of adding a course link
  4. Select all options that apply to you.
    If you are only taking the required RCR and COI course(s) select ‘yes’ to the last two questions.Screenshot of selecting curriculum
  5. Select the most applicable option to tailor the course for your RCR training.
    If you are unsure of which to select, please consult with your supervisor.
    For those not involved specifically in biomedical, social and behavioral, physical science, humanities, or engineering, please select “Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators.”Screenshot of selecting RCR course type


I have two account CITI Accounts, can I combine them?

If you would like to merge two learner accounts, please send an email to and include all the information below:

  • Your name
  • The name of your institution (Washington State University)
  • The member ID number, last name, first name, and username of the learner whose account you wish to keep.
  • The member ID number, last name, first name, and username of the learner whose account you wish to merge.

How do I check that my WSU ID is correct?

Note that this is only needed for legacy users. If you set up your account, or linked your CITI account to your WSU account this step is automatically configured for you.

  • Login to your CITI profile.
  • Click on your name in the upper right corner.
    • In the drop down click Profiles.
  • Under Institutional Profiles, click Edit Profile next to Washington State University.
  • Scroll down to the WSU ID Field and update it as necessary (Eight digit number).
    Note that if your account was created through WSU this field will be blank-your WSU ID is hidden in the background.
  • Scroll down and hit Update.