New Study Examines Methods for Technology Transfer from Federal Labs to Industry
Study finds that the distinctive missions of federal laboratories, management strategies and resources, statutory requirements and incentives for researchers were key factors determining an agency’s particular approach to commercialization of federal laboratory results.
NIST Press Release:
A new report sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) – the results of the first independent study of its kind in almost 10 years-describes both barriers and effective strategies for the transfer of technology developed in federal laboratories to industry for commercialization.
Based on a literature review and interviews with technology transfer experts at 26 different federal research laboratories as well as 33 additional organizations, the study was released on June 14, 2011, at a meeting of the department’s National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, held at Howard University.
Agencies interviewed as part of the study also suggested a range of strategies for increasing the speed and extent of dissemination of federal technologies. Strategies included streamlining licensing; increasing cash, royalties, awards or other incentives that reward researchers for excellent technology transfer efforts; and raising the visibility of available technologies through showcase events, intellectual property databases, and networking at conferences and workshops.