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Partners in Science: Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA)

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The EPA seeks opportunities to transfer federal technologies into the marketplace, and collaborate on environmental research and development projects with outside entities, such as industry, consortia, academia, trade associations, and state and local agencies. The Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) provides a mechanism for these cooperative research and development partnerships. Through the FTTA program, federal agencies can conduct joint research with non-federal partners and protect intellectual property that may be developed. The alliance that is formed through the FTTA program supports and improves US competitive positions worldwide, helps remove barriers to collaboration, and encourages cooperative research and development with the goal of commercialization.

EPA FTTA program partners benefit from cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) by tapping into EPA's resources and knowledge base to conduct joint research and technology commercialization. Other benefits include:

There are also many benefits of cooperative research and development to the public at large. These include:

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CRADAs are negotiated agreements between specific laboratories and non-federal partners that outline the terms and conditions under which work will be performed. CRADAs set out the project scope, resources to be provided by each party, and will often contain provisions regarding licensing, commercialization, and patent development. While laboratories cannot transfer funds to the cooperating partner under a CRADA, they can exchange personnel, equipment, or services. CRADAs can be established between interested parties to transfer resources from non-government organizations to the federal government so that both parties can share jointly in research and development patents. Licensing agreements and royalty rights are also covered under these agreements.

FY 2009 Statistics

Support Provided by EPA's Technology Transfer Staff

For more information, please contact:
  Sarah Bauer at (202) 564-3267 or bauer.sarah@epa.gov

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