The Lab to Market initiative expands upon a 2011 Presidential Memorandum to increase the economic impact of federally-funded research and development by accelerating and improving the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace. As part of the Department of Commerce, NIST performs a critical role in coordinating interagency activities including development of standard tools and practices and the measurement and evaluation of results.
Interagency Lab to Market efforts focus on five sub-goals:
- Developing Human Capital - Advance commercialization of federal research and development (R&D) by developing entrepreneurial skills and allowing expanded use of personnel exchange.
- Empowering Effective Collaborations - Advance commercialization of federal R&D through partnership and technology transfer best practices.
- Opening R&D Assets - Increase the utilization of federal R&D facilities by external innovators and entrepreneurs, and make all relevant data on IP and R&D facilities open and machine‐readable.
- Fueling Small Business Innovation - Increase awareness and streamline the process for Small Business Innovation Research application and funding for all entrepreneurs.
- Evaluating Impact - Continue to track metrics to analyze longer‐term economic impact of federal R&D commercialization to identify best practices and areas for improvement.
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)
The FLC was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, 15 U.S.C. 3710 (e), to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide. Today, more than 300 federal laboratories, facilities and research centers and their parent agencies make up the FLC community. Members of the FLC community include world–renowned scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia, laboratory personnel, and T2 professionals.
The Interagency Working Group for Technology Transfer (IAWGTT)
The IAWGTT was established in 1987 by Executive Order 12591, Section 7, to "convene an interagency task force comprised of the heads of representative agencies and the directors of representative Federal laboratories, or their designees, in order to identify and disseminate creative approaches to technology transfer from Federal laboratories." The responsibilities of coordinating the IAWGTT activities, including the Annual Tech Transfer Report to the President and Congress required by the EO and by 15 U.S.C. 3710(g)(2), were delegated to NIST by Department Organization Order (DOO) 30-2A.
The Interagency Working Group for Bayh-Dole (IAWGBD)
The IAWGBD is a working group of tech transfer professionals responsible for managing extramural research activities, including Bayh-Dole policy and iEdison reporting. In consultation with the National Institutes of Health, which manages the iEdison reporting system for inventions funded by federal agencies, the Department of Commerce holds the responsibility for implementing regulations related to the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 202-209). This responsibility was delegated to NIST by Department Organization Order (DOO) 30-2A.
The Small Business Innovation Research Project Managers Working Group (SBIR PM WG)
The SBIR PM WG is a working group of project managers responsible for managing SBIR programs within their agencies, established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in coordination with the Small Business Administration. The WG participants "make policy recommendations on ways to improve program effectiveness and efficiency" per section 5124 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which re-authorized the SBIR program.
Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Maximizing Technology Commercialization of Federal Research Investments through the Best Practices at Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities 2017-NIST-TPO-01