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  • Managing NIST intellectual property (inventions, patents, licenses, trademarks)
  • Managing the NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
  • Supporting NIST Associates and Guest Researchers (DGR)
  • Analyzing the economic impact of NIST technology transfer activities (See  Reports and Publications)


The Public:

  • Promoting formal collaboration opportunities with Academia and U.S. Companies
  • Promoting the economic impact of federal technology transfer activities (See Reports and Publications)
  • Assessing and Improving the transfer process of technologies from lab to market (FLC)
  • Analyzing the return-on-investment from the transfer of federal technologies (ROI)

Agreement Summary Matrix

Agreement Type Collaborative Research Required Protection of Business Proprietary Information Transfer of Material Equipment Loans Transfer of Non-Public Data Incoming Funding Protection of NIST Data from Public Disclosure for up to 5 Years License Options to NIST Inventions
Software Evaluation Agreement              
Equipment Loan CRADA          
Equipment Loan Agreement to Non-Commercial Entities            


For more information about NIST agreements and agreement templates, please contact ipp [at] (TPO).

Created September 23, 2009, Updated August 23, 2023