Directions for Completing a MURA Application letter

Directions for completing a MURA letter are shown in blue below. Applicants should replace the italicized text with the appropriate text for their particular business. The normal text should be used verbatim as each specifically address the required sections of the MURA Act.

Send a draft MURA letter to Office of Technology Management for review and circulation for approval.

DATE _____________

Dr. ________
Mississippi State University
P.O. Box 6018
Mississippi State, MS 39762

RE: MURA Application

Dear Dr.______:

1. Application is hereby made for permission to establish and maintain a material financial interest in a private entity which has, or will, provide or receive equipment, material, supplies or services in connection with the university. The financial interest and the activities that I or the private entity will engage in are in connection with the university in order to facilitate the transfer of technology developed by me from the university to commercial or industrial enterprises for economic development.

(a) The private entity and my interest in it are described as follows:

Provide particulars regarding the private entity to include:
i. Name; 
ii. Type of entity [corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, etc.]; 
iii. Major participants or investors; 
iv. When and where established; 
v. Prior business activities, if any; 
vi. Percent of ownership to be vested in applicant; 
vii. Contract provisions benefiting applicant; 
viii Particulars pertaining to the use of applicant’s intellectual property rights [as described in the MURA act]; and
ix. Contractual connection of private entity to university.

(b) The nature of the undertaking or enterprise is described as follows:

State what technological innovations [as described in the MURA act] are to be involved; describe the use of the intellectual property of the university or applicant.

(c) Benefits to the economy of the state are described as follows:

Describe the job creation potential, the addition to the gross state product, spin-off industries or services to be effected and any other benefits to the state’s economy.

(d) My activities with the private entity are described as follows:

State the number of hours which will be dedicated to this activity on a weekly or monthly basis, describe how potential conflicts with your university work load will be avoided or minimized; describe any impact such activities will have upon other university research application for other research projects, public service or instructional activities at the university.

(e) To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of any state or federal statutes, rules, policies, or regulations which would be contravened by the interest or activities sought in this application.

2. I hereby certify that to my knowledge my interest in, or benefit from, the private entity, or the activities it or I will be engaged in, will not adversely affect any substantial state interest.

Please approve the application and forward it with your findings to the Mississippi University Research Authority, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.




Dr. ______________
Mississippi State University