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Doolittle Institute strives to connect novel, disruptive technologies to the right users and resources at the right time, to further develop and exploit the technology into new products, processes, applications, materials, or services to enhance the Warfighter faster. 

The Technology Transfer Program augments AFRL’s Technology Transfer to transfer technology out of AFRL/RW by working closely with:

    • AFRL/RW Tech Transfer Manager(s)
    • Other AFRL and Department of Defense (DoD) T2 organizations
    • Local businesses
    • Venture capital firms
    • Regional economic development offices
    • Other Partnership Intermediaries

Innovation Discovery Events (IDE)


Replaces the “one-size-fits-all” IDE

  • Tech RAID: Researcher’s Agile Invention Development
  • Three options congruous to innovation development

Invention Discovery

This event is for S&Es who have not yet started the process of moving towards a patent. This is pre-disclosure, before the S&E formally lets the lab know he/she/they made a discovery (pre-disclosure). The goal of an invention discovery event is to get the S&E to clearly and concisely articulate what is new and different about their innovation.

Invention Discovery is for the phase of research when the S&E is uncertain what is “novel, unique, and non-obvious” about their discovery, let alone what commercial applications it could fit. These S&Es are primarily focused on solving the problem at hand, or what practical military applications the technology will have. These researchers have often developed some intellectual property, but aren’t aware of it because they’re so focused on the mission.

Claims Improvement

S&Es at this phase will have already disclosed their invention to their labs but have not yet applied for a patent. This event will focus on improving existing invention disclosures to improve the odds of obtaining a broader, possibly commercially viable patent.

Though it still may be tightly focused on solving a specific military problem, S&Es at this stage will be able to convey clearly and concisely what makes their invention unique. They may or may not have completed an Invention Discovery Event.

Commercialization Exploration

S&Es at this phase will have applied for a patent. Once an S&E has applied for a patent, he/she/they may begin exploring potential commercial applications for said patent. A patent doesn’t necessarily have to be issued at this phase, but the potential patent must be far enough along in the process (suggest 9 months after application but depends on the strength of the claims) such that there is a reasonable understanding of what will be protected.

The goal of a commercialization exploration is to improve the marketing to industry.  It avoids the “spaghetti marketing” approach to licensing a patent, and guides T2 professionals to the most likely options. This is where DI’s historical IDE resides, and this process will remain mostly unchanged.

Technology Transfer enables you to:

Gain Access to AFRL Resources

Engage in Cooperative Research with AFRL
Mechanisms: CRADA, EPA, MOU/MOA

Use AFRL Equipment for Cooperative Research
Mechanism: MTA

Hire AFRL to Perform Specialized Testing & Evaluation
Mechanism: CTA

Below are some common T2 mechanisms defined.

For-Profit Business
Non-Profit Business
Educational Institution
Federal Government
Intellectual Property Search Tools

Click the here for a listing of all available Air Force technologies, or click here for a searchable database of all Federal Lab technologies available for license from the Department of Defense and other federal agencies such as NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture.

To search Department of Defense technologies only, we recommend TechLink.   

Call us at (850) 226-4383 to talk with a Technology Transfer team member for assistance.

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Commercial Test Agreement (CTA) is an agreement where a defense laboratory may make available to any person or entity, at an appropriate fee, the services of any government laboratory for the testing of materials, equipment, models, computer software, avionics systems, antennas and other items.

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a written agreement between one or more federal laboratories and one or more non-federal parties under which the government, through its laboratories, provides personnel, facilities, equipment or other resources with or without reimbursement (but not funds to non-federal parties). The non-federal parties provide personnel, funds, services, facilities, equipment or other resources to conduct specific research or development efforts that are consistent with the mission of the federal laboratory.
Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) The Secretary of Defense has authorized the director of each defense laboratory to enter into one or more education partnership agreements with educational institutions in the United States for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing study in scientific disciplines at all levels of education (Pre-K and up). The educational institutions include local educational agencies, colleges, universities, and any other nonprofit institutions that are dedicated to improving science, mathematics, business, law, technology transfer or transition and engineering education.
Information Transfer Agreement (ITA) allow the Air Force to share internally developed software related to design or manufacturing activities with other entities. Software executable files and/or source code may be shared under the agreement with industry and academic partners.
Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement (MOU/MOA) provides a framework to facilitate collaboration between the Air Force and educational institutions or government entities.
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) allow the government to share material and equipment with other organizations for the purpose of cooperative research and development.
A Patent License Agreement (PLA) is a contract between a licensor (e.g. the holder of a patent such as the USAF) and a licensee (e.g. an industry partner) which ensures the licensee that the licensor will not sue the licensee for patent infringement. It is the federal government’s technology transfer policy to promote the utilization and commercialization of inventions that arise from agency-supported R&D. The licensing of government-owned patents is one tool to achieve this goal.