Technology Transfer: Maximizing the Benefits of Federal Research

December 2016
Topics: Federal Transition, Presidential Transition, Government Transition
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The U.S. government invests approximately $135B in public funds each year to advance science and technology (S&T) that improves security, creates jobs and higher standards of living, and unlocks new discoveries that will serve as the foundation for future innovations. Despite an abundant array of success stories, more can be done to reap the benefits of this investment. Research performed within a federal agency all too often stays within that agency. The knowledge gained and intellectual property (IP) developed are often brought to bear on that agency’s mission, but less emphasis is given to how they could be leveraged by other agencies or the private sector. The incoming Trump administration has the opportunity to achieve a greater return on the taxpayer’s investment by creating an environment in which federal research managers are expected to maximize technology transfer opportunities.

Note: Transition of power after a Presidential election is complicated; preparing the federal government for a seamless shift to a new administration is crucial to continuing important work on behalf of the American people. MITRE will inform this transition by sharing our insights and experiences with those involved in transition planning and with leaders in the next administration. Our recommendations derive from the ongoing, practical guidance we provide our federal agency sponsors as they face critical national challenges.

This paper is part of a collection provided to our government sponsors; it supports MITRE’s focus on assisting new administration and career civil service leaders through the transition and beyond to achieve results that matter. To view all the papers in the collection, use the "Federal Transition" link in Topics, above.


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