The Technology Transfer Program serves as the focal point for technology transfer activities at Department of Homeland Security. Currently, the Department operates from one centralized Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) to manage technology transfer at each of its laboratories and throughout the Department.
The Technology Transfer Program promotes the transfer and/or exchange of technology with industry, state and local governments, academia, and other federal agencies. The technologies developed and evaluated within the Department can have tremendous potential for commercial applications throughout the nation and dramatically enhance the competitiveness of individual small businesses as well as expanding areas of exploration and cooperation for all non-federal partners.
To accomplish its mission, the Technology Transfer Program promotes research and partnerships, evaluates, protects, markets, licenses, monitors, and manages Department 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.
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 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, and services having potential application to state and local government and to private industry
- Cooperates with and assists the National Technical Information Service, the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, and other organizations that link the R&D resources of that laboratory and federal government as a whole to potential users in state and local government and private industry
- Provides technical assistance to state and local government officials
- Participates in regional, state, and local programs designed to facilitate or stimulate the transfer of technology for the benefit of the region, state, and local jurisdiction of Department laboratories
Partnering with our Laboratories
The Technology Transfer Program Manager (T2PM) works closely with each laboratory on technology transfer matters. Read more about Department laboratories.
Ms. Marlene Owens, Program Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations for the Technology Transfer Program for the Department of Homeland Security.
Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
245 Murray Drive
Washington, D.C. 20528