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Technology Transfer Program

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Innovative Partnerships Program
In support of the NASA mission, the Technology Transfer Program, which is housed in the Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office at NASA Headquarters, has the responsibility for facilitating partnerships with industry, academia, and other non-traditional sources to develop and transfer technology in support of national priorities and NASA’s Mission Directorates. These partnerships engage innovators and enterprises throughout the U.S economy and NASA to fulfill NASA's mission needs and promote the potential of NASA technology.

Point of Contact: Dr. Jim Dowdy, 256-544-7604

Infusion Partnerships (Spin-In)
IPP seeks collaborative research and infusion partnerships with U.S. Industrial firms, academia, and other government organizations for the development of critical technologies in support of the strategic needs of the NASA Mission Directorates. The goals of these partnerships are to advance technology readiness levels and to leverage commercial resources and expertise.

Point of Contact: Dr. Jim Dowdy, 256-544-7604

Patents and Technology Commercialization (Spin-Out)
One of the primary avenues for partnering with NASA is through NASA’s Patent Licensing Program. NASA owns over 1,000 patents and patent applications that protect inventions in hundreds of subject matter categories. All of NASA licenses are individually negotiated with the prospective licensee, and each license contains terms concerning transfer (practical application), license duration, royalties, and periodic reporting. NASA patent licenses may be exclusive, partially exclusive, or nonexclusive. The NASA Technology Transfer Program, administered at NASA Headquarters, has the authority to negotiate and grant patent licenses pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 207-209.

Point of Contact: Sammy Nabors, 256-544-5226

Small Business Programs
SBIR/STTR. Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, NASA encourages small business concerns (SBCs) and non-profit research institutions (RIs) with ties to an SBC to obtain significant funding for the development of innovations. Both SBIR and STTR seek innovations that contribute to NASA missions and also have potential commercial applications. NASA issues a request for proposals along various technical topic and subtopic categories each year. For more information, visit:


Points of Contact: Lynn Garrison, 256-544-6719

Software Release
When most people think of NASA technology, software does not always come to mind. However, software is a strategic asset and a valuable NASA technology. Software inventions and innovations, like any other NASA technology, should be reported and released in order to maximize its benefit to NASA and the general public.

The Technology Transfer Program and the Software Release Authority (SRA) at each Center work together to ensure the proper release of software. Each NASA Center has a process for software release that begins with the software developer and ends with the Center SRA’s approval or rejection of the request for the software release.

Point of Contact: Evelyn Hill, 256-544-7117

New Technology Reporting
One of NASA's primary goals is to share leading-edge technology with the U.S. industrial community. The New Technology Reporting process provides an avenue for innovators to disclose their inventions, discoveries, and innovations. For information on disclosing NASA technology, please visit the Electronic New Technology REporting (eNTRe) webpage: http://webentre.nasa.gov.

Point of Contact: Carolyn McMillan (544-9151

Web eNTRe
The Easiest Way to Report New Technologies

You may be surprised to know that every year a number of innovations at Marshall are patented and commercialized. Some of these inventions have even been incorporated into common items we use everyday. These technologies bring value to the country, prestige to the Center, and monetary reward to the inventors. Yes, monetary rewards to inventors! Now with eNTRe, (pronounced entrée) an easy step-by-step electronic process, there's no easier way for NASA employees and contractors to disclose their inventions and new technologies to the Technology Transfer Department. eNTRe is also the easiest way for contractors to report new technologies as called out in their contract under the New Technology Reporting clause.

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