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The process of technology transfer can be complex, and you may have questions. Here are some we often run into.

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.

The Doolittle Institute’s primary mission is technology transfer; our focus is to “spin out” AFRL research and technology into the marketplace for commercialization.  Occasionally, AFRL/RW requires assistance from the private sector (“spin in” solutions), and we broadcast those calls for help to companies who sign up for our mailing list.

If you believe your company can offer a solution to the larger Department of Defense (DoD), you an also sign up for the mailing lists of other Defenesewerx family members to discover defense “spin in” opportunities.

Another avenue to sell your idea to the DoD includes the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation, where private companies and academia can demonstrate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the DoD research.

Finally, USSOCOM holds Technical Experimentation events during which you can demonstrate your technology in front of a broad DoD audience.

Good luck!

A Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) is an agreement between the government and an intermediary organization such as state and local governmental agencies and nonprofit entities, operated by or on behalf of a state or local government to perform partnership intermediary services.

Giving a PIA its authority is the 15th US Command 3715 and the Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5700.17: Domestic Technology Transfer, which was enacted on 27 March 2009. See the PDF here.

AFRL/RW inventions cover a broad spectrum of developmental stages, ranging from conceptual design to patented, working prototypes. As a research lab, the expertise lies in research. Some available technologies may be ready for commercial use today, but most require the licensing company take the basic or applied science and create a product offering from it.

A number of factors are considered when negotiating a license, but the main consideration is the societal and market value the technology offers. AFRL/RW works with licensees to develop terms that are fair to all parties and, when possible, draws from agreements for similar technologies already on the market. The goal is to rapidly commercialize technology for the mutual benefit of your business, the military and the public interest. AFRL/RW’s licenses include a variety of creative terms tailored to fit your particular circumstances.

The Air Force can provide personnel, access to facilities and equipment but, by law, cannot provide funding through Technology Transfer mechanisms. Funding may be obtained through the SBIR/STTR Program or by submitting a whitepaper in response to the Air Force Research Lab Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

Small Business Innovation Research Website

AFRL Broad Agency Announcement Website

A license is a contract between a licensor (e.g. the holder of a patent) and a licensee (e.g. an industry partner) that 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.