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Entrepreneurial Leave (E-Leave)

The federal government has a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program which provides funding to small businesses. For the SBIR program, company principal investigator's primary employment (i.e. more than 50%) must be with the small business. If a full time faculty member is to be a PI on an SBIR grant, on the company side, he/she must reduce their UofL employment concurrent with the award such that they are less than 50% with the University.

Entrepreneurial leave is one option for the faculty member to consider when the individual plans to be a PI on an SBIR grant. Entrepreneurial leave may also be an option for a faculty member who will be conducting research/providing services on the company side and he/she needs to reduce their load on the University side due to the effort commitments with the small business for an SBIR or STTR award.

If a faculty member wishes to request E-leave, they should do so in accordance with their unit's procedures for requesting leave. E-leave must be processed and approved just as any other form of faculty leave in accordance with the policies and procedures of the respective academic department and school/college. In addition, E-leave needs to be coordinated with the Office of Industry Contracts for those situations where the PI desires to have the small business contribute toward UofL benefits.

Fringe Benefit Information

Information on How to Handle Fringe Benefits for Individuals Planning to Use E-leave (PDF)  


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