Better Funding Means Better Tech Transfer

September 8, 2011

At the Innovation website, Ben Ray Lujan cites a new study that shows the importance of tech transfer with respect to federally-funded technology. Moneyquote:

A major study of the current state of affairs of technology transfer across the federal government was recently released by the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute . . . In the first such study in a decade, one of the major findings is that: “support from agency leadership and laboratory directors can have a marked effect on technology transfer and commercialization activities. For example, laboratory directors who support technology transfer may provide resources, flexibility and creative license to their ORTAs (Office of Research and Technology Applications]. Those ORTAs who are not supported by their laboratory leadership can be severely constrained.

This would seem to be common sense, but it is nice to see it acknowledged.