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Technology Transfer Program

Mission

The Technology Transfer Program serves as the focal point for technology transfer activities at DHS. Currently, the department operates from one centralized office—the Office of Research and Technology Applications—to manage technology transfer at each of its laboratories and throughout DHS.

The technologies developed and evaluated within the department can have tremendous potential for commercial applications throughout the nation. The technologies dramatically enhance the competitiveness of individual small businesses, as well as expand areas of exploration and cooperation for all non-federal partners.

To accomplish its mission, the Technology Transfer Program promotes research and partnerships and evaluates, protects, markets, licenses, monitors and manages DHS inventions and other intellectual property, as mandated by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986. The Technology Transfer Program uses Technology Transfer Mechanisms to promote the transfer and/or exchange of technology with industry, state and local governments, academia and other federal agencies.

Objectives

To accomplish its mission, the Technology Transfer Program Office:

  • Serves as the focal point for the department on technology transfer policy
  • Assists laboratories in conducting research and development (R&D) for technology that can be transferred in support of the department's mission
  • Establishes partnerships to transfer cutting-edge technology to the nation’s marketplace
  • Prepares assessments for selected R&D projects that may have commercial applications
  • Provides and disseminates information of federally owned or originated products, processes or services that have potential application to state and local government or to private industry
  • Participates in regional, state and local programs designed to facilitate or stimulate the transfer of technology for the benefit of the regional, state and local jurisdiction of DHS laboratories

Partnering with our Laboratories

The Technology Transfer program manager works closely with each laboratory on technology transfer matters. Read more about DHS laboratories.

Partnership Intermediaries

DHS has entered into partnership intermediary agreements with the purpose of:

  • Identifying new technologies in the private sector that can be utilized by DHS.
  • Facilitating joint projects between DHS and private companies, as well as between federal agencies and academic institutions, in order to accelerate the delivery of technological capabilities to the nation.

The Technology Transfer program manager works closely with partnership intermediaries. Read more about partnership intermediaries.

Technologies Available for Licensing

DHS has several technologies available for licensing. Read more about available technologies.

Leadership

Marlene Owens, program manager, oversees the day-to-day operations for the Technology Transfer Program for DHS.

Contact

Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
245 Murray Drive
Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20528
 
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