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NIST Report updates statistics on federal tech transfer efforts.
Press Release Summary:
May 12, 2011 - Report released by NIST summarizes technology transfer activities and achievements of scientific research agencies across federal government. Statistical data provided indicates that, from 2005 to 2009, collaborations at federal labs using Cooperative Research and Development Agreements show slightly upward trend, along with new patent applications and issued patents. Federal laboratories also transfer many technologies through other mechanisms not listed in this report.
Original Press Release
New Report Updates Statistics on Federal Tech Transfer Efforts
Press release date: May 10, 2011
In January 2011 President Obama identified innovation as one of the key factors underpinning America's continued scientific and technical leadership. Technology transfer is an essential mission of federal laboratories that leverages the creative the innovation and intellectual capital of government scientists and the nation's investments in science and technology to strengthen the American economy and the nation's ability to compete in world markets.
The statistical data provided in this report indicate that from 2005 to 2009, collaborations at federal labs using CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreements) show a slightly upward trend along with new patent applications and issued patents.
Federal laboratories transfer many technologies through other mechanisms not listed in this report. A number of studies are under way to evaluate technology transfer and develop metrics that will more fully describe how federal research supports the U.S. economy.
Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer-Fiscal Year 2009 is available at http://www.nist.gov/tpo/publications/upload/Federal-Lab-TT-Report-FY2009.pdf.
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