Technology Transfer is a process through which technical information and products developed by the Federal Government are provided to potential users in a manner that encourages and accelerates their evaluation and use. More than merely disseminating information, technology transfer techniques feature marketing of federally developed technology and products as well as demonstrating the use of these new technologies when necessary.
The concept of technology transfer from Federal laboratories is to get the ideas, inventions, and technologies developed with taxpayer dollars into the hands of the private sector as quickly as possible, and in a form useful to that community. Technology transfer is mandated by federal law. The idea is to get U.S. companies and other private sector entities involved in the development of Federal technology and technology products at an early stage so that the end result is useful to U.S. industry and can make the United States more competitive in world markets.
In other words using the technology being paid for by taxpayers to benefit U.S. society by strengthening the U.S. economy through better products and services offered to world markets.
Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA)
The Griffiss Institute (GI) supports The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA). A PIA is an agreement (contract or memorandum of understanding) between the government and an intermediary organization (state or local governmental agency or nonprofit entity). As a Partnership Intermediary the GI performs services for the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate that increase the likelihood of success in the conduct of cooperative or joint activities with small business firms, institutions of higher education, and industry. The PIA facilitates a wide range of licensing and other technology transfer initiatives. Specifically, the GI provides assistance to AFRL/RI in Technology Transfer (T2), assisting in the identification of appropriate AFRL/RI technologies for CRADAs, EPAs, licensing and commercialization as well as identification of new technologies in the private sector that AFRL/RI can utilize and transfer to operational use.
The Air Force Technology Transfer (T2) Program was created to assure 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 investment. They can also serve academia by opening up expanded areas of exploration and cooperation.