Intellectual Property Policy

Updated October 28, 2021


This Intellectual Property (“IP”) Policy is based on the open source initiative set forth in the CyVerse original cooperative agreement (2008) with our funding agency, the National Science Foundation (“NSF”). CyVerse’s commitment to release all code produced under direct project funding with an open source software license stems from CyVerse’s mission to build “enabling technology” (cyberinfrastructure) that will allow anyone to perform analyses and make discoveries that may be patentable or make products that are commercializable and can be continuously used, improved, and extended by the community.

Software Distribution

The individual parties to the CyVerse Agreement (individually “Party”, jointly “Parties”) agree to the following terms related to release of software (“Software”) developed under CyVerse funding:

  1. The individual Party responsible for creating Software shall be responsible for releasing such Software consistent with the CyVerse open source BSD license.
  2. All Software released will be continuously available through approved open-source distribution sites (e.g., GitHub, Sourceforge, Bitbucket, etc.).
  3. Any Party releasing Software must ensure that it has the necessary rights to do so.
  4. Any Party releasing Software must not include any 3rd party code requiring a license that is incompatible with the license provided herein.
  5. No fee is charged for non-commercial education and research purposes.


The Parties agree that the Bayh-Dole Act and the NSF Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions – Patent Rights clause will apply to this Policy.


Any publications produced by any Party funded in part by CyVerse or having used CyVerse cyberinfrastructure for part or all of their work will include the following formal acknowledgement:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. # DBI-0735191, #DBI-1265383, and DBI-1743442. URL:

The Parties agree that the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter VI, Section J “Acknowledgement of Support and Disclaimer” will also apply to this Policy. See How to Cite CyVerse for more information.


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