15 USC Section 3701a
Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-480)
Bayh-Dole Act of 1989 (P.L. 96-517)
Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-502)
Executive Order 12591, Facilitating Access to Science and Technology (1987)
Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219)
Executive Order 10096, Providing for a Uniform Patent Policy for the Government with Respect to Inventions Made by Government Employees and for the Administration of Such Policy (1950)
DoD Directive 5535.3, DoD Domestic Technology Transfer (T2) Program, May 21, 1999
DoD Directive 5535.8, DoD Technology Transfer (T2) Program (DoD Technology Transfer (T2) Program, May 14, 1999
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)
*Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Desk Reference
- What is Technology Transfer? [Answer]
- How does technology transfer occur? [Answer]
- What is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)? [Answer]
- What is the process for becoming a CRADA partner with DISA? [Answer]
- Are there other types of technology transfer agreements available to DISA for use? [Answer]
What is Technology Transfer?
“Technology transfer” is the process by which existing knowledge, facilities, or capabilities developed under federal research and development (R&D) funding are utilized to fulfill public and private needs. DISA’s technology transfer program is headed by the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) in the Chief Technology Officer.
How does technology transfer occur?
Technology transfer usually occurs through legal instruments such as patent license agreements, educational partnership agreements and CRADAs. CRADAs are the primary legal instrument by which DISA engages in technology transfer.
What is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)?
A CRADA allows “government laboratories to enter into collaborative agreements with technology transfer partners; including industry; state or local government, non-profit organizations (e.g., universities, individuals).
Because a CRADA is not an acquisition contract, the FAR and DFAR are not applicable. The Government may contribute a variety of resources (e.g., personnel, services, facilities, equipment, intellectual property, or other resources) but no funds.
What is the process for becoming a CRADA partner with DISA?
DISA has created a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which documents the agency’s CRADA process. The SOP includes a CRADA process flow diagram, a Pre-Meeting Principal Investigator’s Checklist, CRADA information, Statement of Work (SOW) and CRADA Agreement Template.
A copy of this document can be obtained from DISA’s Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA).
Are there other types of technology transfer agreements available to DISA for use?
Yes, grants and Educational Partnership Agreements (EPA). An EPA is a formal agreement between the Government and an educational institution to transfer technology applications and provide technology assistance for all levels of education. Through an EPA, federal agencies can loan equipment, declare as surplus and transfer (donate) equipment, make laboratory personnel available to teach or assist in developing courses and involve faculty and students in research.
For additional information, contact DISA's Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) by email or at 301-225-9431.