B. USASSDC's Technology Transfer Functions
USASSDC's T2 program has several tools in place in order to effectively transfer technology to other government agencies, academia, and industry. They create a proactive environment for both networking and developing new avenues for technology transfer. Figure D-2 depicts the elements that USASSDC incorporates into its technology transfer program.
Figure D-2. USASSDC Technology Transfer Program
Below are the T2 functions of USASSDC's plan and how those functions are supported:
(1) Assess Specific USASSDC Technologies for Transfer. Accomplishing this function includes reviewing ongoing efforts through the Automated Technology Catalog (ATC); determining possible applications of technologies by interacting with technical personnel, participating in technical reviews, reviewing the Dual-Use Catalog, and determining the technology needs.
(2) Disseminate Information on USASSDC Technologies. USASSDC has a wide range of communications media used for disseminating information and data to technology users. This is conducted through T2 workshops, technical presentations (Army Science Conference, T2 Society Conference, other professional society conferences, and public media), publications (ATC, Dual-Use and Patent Catalogs, brochures, newsletters, and technical papers), and multimedia presentations. Various T2 tools help to facilitate the T2 process. The ATC contains comprehensive and detailed technology information and data to include descriptions, points of contact, objectives, schedules, and applications. The Dual-Use Catalog contains information on technologies that have both commercial and defense applications. The Patent Catalog offers complete narrative information on patents available for licensing. The Technology Network outlines ongoing technology transfer events and technologies that have matured into commercial products.
(3) Networking and Interaction with Other Government Agencies, Academia, and Private Industry. Within the federal government, there is networking with the Departments of Transportation and Energy, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), National Technology Transfer Center, and NASA. Within the state and local government, there is networking with the Chambers of Commerce and Small Business Development Centers. Through the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, USASSDC provides technical consultation and assistance to local industry. Thus far, the Command has responded to over 40 industry problem statements and requests. Interactions with Academia are conducted through Co-Op Programs, adjunct facilities, and cooperative research. Private industry has communication links with USASSDC through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs), Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), licensing agreements, and the Technology Transfer Society.
(4) Use T2 Mechanisms to Pursue Opportunities for Cooperative Agreements. One tool used to identify opportunities for cooperative agreements is by reviewing the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program. These programs are an important source since commercial potential is a consideration during award of SBIR contracts. USASSDC is currently managing nearly 200 SBIR contracts consisting of a broad spectrum of technologies. Examples of successful transfers from the SBIR program are described in the spinoff section. The most common mechanisms used by USASSDC include CRDAs, MOUs, and Patent and Licensing Agreements (PLAs). A CRDA is an agreement between one or more federal laboratories and one or more non-federal parties in which both participants can provide personnel, services, facilities, or equipment for the conduct of specified research and development. Although the non-federal party may also provide funding, the federal laboratory cannot provide direct funding. USASSDC has several partnering agreements, including the Alliance for Optical Technology, Huntsville Incubator Program, Disaster Preparedness, and CRDAs with industry and academia.