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The Doolittle Institute Technology Transfer program helps organizations benefit from the expansive basic and applied research performed at the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW). Technology transfer can be complex, but the Doolittle Institute is here to facilitate the process. Please contact us to discuss working with AFRL technologies.

AFRL/RW Technology Focus Areas

  • Aviation Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Electrotechnology and Fluidics
  • Guided Missile Technology
  • Materials
  • Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • Military Sciences
  • Navigation, Detection and Countermeasures
  • Ordnance
  • Physics
  • Power Production and Energy Conservation (nonpropulsive)
  • Test Equipment, Research Facilities and Reprography

What is Technology Transfer?

The Air Force Technology Transfer (T2) Program was created to ensure all Air Force science and engineering activities promote the transfer or exchange of technology with state and local governments, academia, and industry. These activities enhance the economic competitiveness of industry and promote the productivity of state and local governments while leveraging the Department of Defense (DoD) research and development (R&D) investment. They can also serve academia by opening up expanded areas of exploration and cooperation.

Learn more about T2 on our FAQs page. If members of AFRL are looking for new, potential applications for their technologies, they can schedule an Innovation Discovery Event (IDE) with the Doolittle Institute.

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.