Technology Transfer—Partnering with NASAR. P. Turcotte Innovative Partnerships Program Federal Lab Consortia 2007 Partnering with Federal Labs Panel October 24, 2007
NASA Organization • HQ and ten field centers • HQ defines mission (s) and strategy—field centers implement • Exploration Systems • Space Operations • Science • Aeronautics Research • Technology Transfer function is crosscutting • Innovative Partnerships Program is one of several mission support offices • Manages SBIR/STTR and Technology Transfer related activities
About the Innovative Partnerships Program • IPP is seeking to add mission value through technology development and infusion to meet mission needs. • seeks leveraged funding to address technology barriers via cost-shared, joint-development partnerships • seeks increased participation from new sources of innovation for addressing NASA’s technology challenges. . • IPP seeks to transfer technology developed by NASA for commercial application and other benefits to the Nation. • Facilitator • Bringing parties together, both inside and outside the agency. • Bridging communication gaps. • Catalyst • Acting as a pathfinder for implementing new things – change agent. • Creating new partnerships. • Demonstrating effectiveness of new approaches and methods.
Program Elements Technology Infusion Innovation Incubator Partnership Development • Centennial Challenges • New Business Models • Innovation Transfusion • Intellectual Property management • Technology Transfer • New Innovative Partnerships • SBIR • STTR • IPP Seed Fund
IPP Seed Fund • Enhance NASA’s ability to meet Mission capability goals by providing leveraged funding to address technology barriers via cost-shared, joint-development partnerships. • Annual process • Collaboration of Center IPP Office, NASA co-PI, and external co-PI • 2006 Seed Fund results: • 76 proposals received, evaluated by IPP and Mission Directorate experts. • Relevance/value, technical, partner quality and cost-share value • 29 projects selected, providing $28.3 million for the advancement of critical technologies and capabilities. • $6.6 million IPP Office funds. • $7.5 million program, project, Center funds. • $14.2 million external partner funds. • FY 2007 selections October 20?, awards for ~40 projects
Seed Fund TRL Advancement TRL Pre Seed Fund TRL Post Seed Fund
Funded Centennial Challenge Competitions Personal Air Vehicle Challenge Regolith Excavation Challenge Tether Challenge Astronaut Glove Challenge Beam Power Challenge MoonROx Challenge Lunar Lander Challenge
Increased Participation by New Sources of Innovation Leveraging of Tax-Payers’ Dollars Innovative Technology Development to Meet NASA’s Needs Increased Awareness of Science and Technology Hands-on Training for Future Workforce How Do Prizes Benefit NASA?
Technology Transfer • It’s much more than it used to be! • And with 1/5 the staff (Yes – some trends are downward) • 1/2 partnership development for the purpose of technology infusion • 1/2 partnership development for the purpose of technology transfer • Cost-shared or reimbursed R&D • ¾ other agencies, ¼ industry • Invention licensing
Results • During FY 2006, the Innovative Partnership Program (IPP) facilitated a few hundred partnerships and agreements: • Over 200 partnerships with the private sector, federal and state government, academia, and other entities for dual use technology development and reimbursable use of NASA facilities. • Over 50 license agreements with private entities for commercial and quality of life applications of NASA developed technology.
Outreach Strategy • Coordinated Outreach effort emphasizing multi-purpose, multi-center workshops developed in collaboration with Mission Directorate programs and projects. • 1/3 NASA, 2/3 attendee presentations. • Other agencies may be featured in some events (see Ray Turcotte) • Partnership development in various forms is goal. • Technology infusion. • SBIR briefings to NASA managers and large company attendees. • Intellectual property review/ licensing offer when appropriate. • 50-100 attendees, usually at center but some in conjunction with other national meetings. • 12- ?? per year (1-3 per center depending on center, multi-year schedule and related to NASA/IPP technology landscape/ taxonomy). • Outreach involving participation in selected large national meetings will introduce NASA and IPP as Partnership “Portal” and promulgate information about NASA workshop schedules, other opportunities. • 4-6 per year, often Keynote and other presentations ,multi-year schedule, probably 2-3 year repeat cycle.
IPP Center Chiefs CenterNameEmailPhone ARC Lisa Lockyer Lisa.L.Lockyer@nasa.gov (650) 604-0149 DFRC Gregory Poteat firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 276-3872 GRC Kathy Needham Kathleen.K.Needham@nasa.gov (216) 433-2802 GSFC Nona Cheeks Nona.K.Cheeks@nasa.gov (301) 286-8504 JPL Ken Wolfenbarger email@example.com (818) 354-3821 JSC Michele Brekke firstname.lastname@example.org (281) 483-4614 KSC Dave Makufka David.R.Makufka@nasa.gov (321) 867-6227 LaRC Marty Waszak email@example.com (757) 864-4015 MSFC Jim Dowdy Jim.Dowdy@nasa.gov (256) 544-7604 SSC Ramona Travis Ramona.E.Travis@nasa.gov (228) 688-1660
Other Contacts • John Emond, HQ • Ray Turcotte, LaRC • firstname.lastname@example.org • 757 272 3848