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About the Technology Partnerships Office

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The Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) serves our NIST customers by leading technology transfer processes that NIST researchers use to develop innovations from concept to practical application. TPO structures collaborative relationships between NIST researchers and regional, national, and global partners, fosters entrepreneurship and small business growth, and provides economic analysis to support the process.

TPO serves our interagency customers by leading collaborative and consensus-building efforts for developing frameworks and best practices that enable all federal technology transfer offices to succeed in advancing their missions through partnerships and transferring technologies from lab to market.


The Technology Partnerships Office facilitates the best possible outcome for each NIST research innovation and provides dynamic interagency leadership for technology transfer policy and analysis.


  1. Integrity
  2. Professionalism
  3. Tolerance and Respect
  4. Service
  5. Quality
  6. Knowledge and Expertise
  7. Teamwork
  8. Commitment


NIST Technology Partnerships Office
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2200

NIST Inquiries/Directory: 301-975-6478
TPO Telephone: 301-975-2573
TPO Fax: 301-975-3482
TTY: 800-877-8339
E-mail: tpo [at]

Created September 22, 2009, Updated February 10, 2021