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L2M Target Areas
Regulatory and Administrative Improvements
- Technology transfer legislation was written in the 1980s and needs to be updated for the 21st century.
- Inconsistent interpretations of law, regulation, practices, and policies beyond the scope of agencies’ mission-specific differences.
- Inconsistent definition of technology transfer and stakeholder engagement across organizations, and inflexibility in adapting current tools to marketplaces.
- Partnerships not entered into due to unnecessary restrictions in policy, regulation, or statute.
- Leadership, management, or cultural impediments that hinder adoption of best practices.
Private Sector Engagement
- The private sector is a critical player in driving investment, but it can be challenging for them to engage with the Federal government.
- Improved understanding of how federally-funded technologies, knowledge, and capabilities can be made more attractive for private investment, particularly angel and venture capital.
- Improved systems usability so the private sector can find federally-funded technologies and key information (e.g. development stage, IP status) in their area of interest.
- Earlier stakeholder engagement along with market-needs analysis for proposed technologies.
- Increased stakeholder education of how federally-developed technologies and innovations are currently embedded and being used in technologies.
Entrepreneurial R&D Workforce
- The R&D workforce, including researchers and managers, lacks exposure and knowledge about and incentive to take the steps required in translating research from the lab to the marketplace.
- Conflict-of-Interest or other policies, culture, and processes that inadvertently discourage entrepreneurship or make it difficult to recruit and retain entrepreneurial employees.
- Attitude and resulting culture created by some R&D leaders that the government should not be involved in the commercialization of technology.
Tech Transfer Tools and Services
- Lack of awareness of tech transfer opportunities by the public.
- Private sector doesn’t know what is available nor that they have access to it.
- Correspondingly, agency/lab leadership have limited understanding the value of T2 to the mission.
- Complicated bureaucracy for citizens to navigate in order to engage in tech transfer:
- User experience to find technologies varies greatly by agency and even lab.
- Great diversity in approach for transfer process, agreements (terms & conditions), time frame, etc.
- Uncoordinated management and/or lack of tech transfer tools, services, and supporting infrastructure among Federal agencies. Resulting in:
- Too many duplicative tools and services that exasperate the user’s experience.
- Each set of tools & services only reflect a given agency and/or lab’s assets.
- Suboptimal use of resources and best practices in ‘back shop’ operations and management.
- Want to automate & standardize operations such that T2 SMEs can spend more time on engagement inside and outside Lab
S&T Trends and Benchmarks
- Increased need to demonstrate value of federal research investments to the Nation.
- Identifying metrics that take into account the variety of Agency missions and disciplines.
- Shifting the focus from technology transfer activities to impacts and mission-related outcomes.
- Balancing reporting burdens with measurement needs.