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Partnership intermediaries assist DHS in identifying new technologies in the private sector that can be utilized by DHS. Partnership intermediaries also facilitate joint projects between DHS and private companies, as well as with other federal agencies and academic institutions, in order to accelerate the delivery of technological capabilities to the nation.
Partnership intermediary agreements
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
An independent organization established by Maryland State Legislation in 1998, TEDCO provides a variety of funding programs to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology. In November 2010, the organization launched the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI). This initiative awards up to $75,000 to for-profit small businesses that can show how a proposed technology will meet the needs of DHS and/or U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and/or the commercialization of DHS or USAMRMC technologies.
TechComm, Center for Innovation in Arlington, Texas
TechComm represents a coalition of government agencies and their respective federal laboratories. TechComm connects government agencies and laboratories with industry, academic institutions, venture capital partners and economic development organizations. The TechComm network of participating organizations will be supported by a Web-based portal, which will serve as a backbone linking the databases and search engines of all partners. This portal will provide a link between federal laboratories, industry and educational institutions.