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In 2016-17, WARF provided more than $131 million of direct and in-kind support to the university. In-kind support includes the cost of the patenting, licensing and commercialization that WARF undertakes and the royalty shares provided to faculty inventors. In-kind support would otherwise be paid by taxpayers if the university operated its own patenting and licensing operation.
Since its inception, WARF has provided $2.3 billion in cumulative direct grants, over $400 million of in-kind support and over $300 million to faculty inventors, all adjusted for inflation.