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Technology Transfer

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Technology Transfer


Federal Agency




National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, Section 203(a) (3), as amended, Public Law 85-568, 42 U.S.C. 2473.






To insure that technologies resulting from Government-sponsored civilian aerospace research and development are made available to the widest extent practicable and appropriate for the Nation's benefit.


Types of Assistance

Dissemination of Technical Information.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Discoveries, innovations, inventions, and improvements developed throughout the aeronautics and space program are brought to the attention of private industry, academic institutions, and Federal, State and local government organizations in several ways. These technologies can be accessed with NASA's TechTracS data system via the Internet. NASA Tech Briefs is a monthly periodical with an industrial readership of approximately 500,000 containing articles which describe such innovations. Subscription is currently free to qualified engineers, scientists and business people in U.S. industry and to technology transfer agents. NASA technology transfer offices at NASA field centers work with public sector organizations, medical institutions, industry associations and others to identify problems of national scope and significance suitable for joint-sponsored NASA/industry applications engineering projects. The objective of such projects is to apply or otherwise adapt existing aerospace technology to meet identified non- aerospace needs in the public and private sectors of the Nation's economy.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Engineers and managers of domestic enterprises, professionals, and others involved in technology transfer are entitled to free subscriptions to NASA Tech Briefs. Technical information search and retrieval services beyond that available via the Internet and NASA-owned computer programs/documentation are available to domestic organizations on a free or paying basis. Technology Transfer products are available to those who can demonstrate a national public need and would be served by applying NASA technology.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. industry will benefit.


Not applicable.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure


Award Procedure

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $24,200,000; FY 08 est $31,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

The NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has helped many industrial, educational, and government organizations develop new products, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve the quality of life for US citizens. Typically, the IP Program provides user access to aerospace technology in support of technical problem solving. For example, sensor technology, microelectronics and telemetry systems have been adapted and applied in the development of a range of biomedical implantable devices to control or otherwise administer corrective treatment of diseases or bodily functions or ailments, such as diabetes or intractable pain. Many industrial uses of aerospace technology have occurred, including: wireless infrared communications systems; manufacturing scheduling enhancements; structural analysis of industrial products and systems, and a host of materials applications in new and improved products. NASA computer programs are routinely adapted and used by hundreds of U.S. companies annually, with substantial savings in software development costs. During the past year, over 200,000 individuals and firms were given access to new ideas and improvements from NASA resulting in new products and processes. Over 27,000 technical innovations from the space program have been published and are now available for use by American industry by subscribing to NASA Tech Briefs.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Internet access at and "NASA Tech Briefs"


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Persons are encouraged to contact the Innovative Partnership Program Office at a NASA Field Center: Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 202A-3, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000, Telephone: (650) 604-1754; Goddard Space Flight Center, Mail Stop 504, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001, Telephone: (301) 286-5810; Dryden Flight Research Center, Mail Stop 4839, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273, Telephone: (661) 276-3872; NASA Management Office-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 301-350, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109- 8099, Telephone: (818) 354-3821; Kennedy Space Center; Mail Stop: KT-A2, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899-0001, Telephone: (321) 861-7158; Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 218, 11 Langley Blvd. Hampton, VA 23681-0001, Telephone: (757) 864-4015; Glenn Research Center, Mail Stop 3-7, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135, Telephone: (216) 433- 2802; Johnson Space Center, Mail Stop AF2, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058-3696, Telephone: (281) 483-8051; Marshall Space Flight Center, Mail Stop CD30, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812, Telephone: (256) 544-7604; Stennis Space Center, Innovative Partnerships Program, Bldg. 3226, Mail Stop EA41, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-600, Telephone: (601) 688-1660. NASA Headquarters, Innovative Partnerships Program Office, Washington, DC 20546-0001, Telephone: (202) 358-2560. Persons or organizations desiring comprehensive technical information service should contact the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC), Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003, Telephone: (800) 678-6882.

Headquarters Office

Innovative Partnerships Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546- 0001. Telephone: (202) 358-2560.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.650, National Technical Information Service
40.002, Government Publications Sales And Distribution
43.001, Aerospace Education Services Program


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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