Let’s work together to advance today’s discoveries into tomorrow’s innovations that improve our quality of life and enhance U.S. economic competitiveness.
Our partners include industrial and manufacturing companies across the world, investors, start-ups, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, other government agencies, and NIST investigators.
The NIST Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) manages the technology transfer services of Laboratories, User Facilities, and Programs across NIST and can help you make the right connection.
When you are ready to partner, our team of partnerships officers will guide you through the process including recommending the best type of technology transfer agreements for your needs.
TPO supports the following entities within NIST:
Companies and organizations should consider working with NIST, for multiple reasons, not in the least including access an expansive collection of leading-edge discoveries and inventions. Working with NIST, partnerships have the potential to bring new inventions and technologies to market to improve our quality of life.
NIST partners can:
NIST offers a variety of agreements that allow companies and other organizations to leverage our unique and wide-ranging resources. Your specific goals will determine the most appropriate agreement, whether a transactional agreement for a material or data transfer, a collaborative agreement such as a CRADA or Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA), or a research-use or commercialization license. TPO highly recommends a discussion with our staff to determine the type of agreement appropriate for the partnership.
If you do not already have a TPO staff contact, please reach out to our Deputy Director at TPO [at] nist.gov (TPO[at]nist[dot]gov) to explore a partnership with the NIST.
If you are interested in partnering with NIST, TPO will talk with you about your goals and conduct a needs assessment. This will determine the appropriate next steps, which may include connecting you to a dedicated partnerships officer. Our skilled partnerships officers will work with you to understand your unique technology transfer needs and guide next steps including recommending the most appropriate type of agreement needed.
Explore our available technologies. If you find a technology that you are interested in exploring, you can contact the marketing specialist listed on the technology page or contact TPO directly at TPO [at] nist.gov (TPO[at]nist[dot]gov).
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