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Overview of Technology Transfer Process

RERC on Technology Transfer

University at Buffalo



  • This is a presentation of the T2RERC which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education, under grant number H133E980024. The opinions contained in this presentation are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education.

What is

Technology Transfer?

A process for conceiving and implementing a new/novel application for an existing technology (Reisman, 1989)


Five Stakeholder Groups

  • Technology Producers.
  • Technology Consumers.
  • Product Producers.
  • Product Consumers.
  • Resource Providers.

Problems for Small Markets

  • Lack internal R&D resources.
  • Require access to external technologies.
  • Lack knowledge of systematic tech transfer process, and the expertise required.
  • Serendipity is insufficient for business planning purposes.

Intermediaries resolve problem.

  • Have knowledge of systematic process.
  • Have access to various stakeholders.
  • Have access to expertise and resources.
  • Have experience in negotiating barriers and applying carriers.

Successfully conducting technology transfer requires champions at each stepin the process.