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NIST Federal Technology Transfer Public Meetings – Denver

May 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As already announced, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding four public meetings in response to the Request for Information (RFI) published on May 1, 2018 in the Federal Register.  These public meetings provide a forum to gather stakeholder inputs about the current state of Federal technology transfer and the public’s ability to engage with Federal laboratories and access federally funded R&D through collaborations, licensing, and other mechanisms.  Registration is open for these public forums scheduled from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon local time, with seats currently available at the following forums:

  • May 21, 2018, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, Denver, CO.

The agenda for these public forums is as follows:

9:00 am –   9:10 am       Opening remarks

9:10 am –   9:25 am       Overview presentation by NIST official

9:25 am – 11:55 am       Stakeholder feedback period (3 minutes per speaker)

11:55 am – 12:00 noon   Closing remarks and next steps

NIST may update the fourth public meeting at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, MD on June 14, 2018 to allow for additional space and additional time.  Please look for a notice in the Federal Register announcing the changes.  Webcast registration is still available.

During the stakeholder feedback period, each attendee will have an opportunity to provide input on the questions listed in the RFI:

1)      What are the core Federal technology transfer principles and practices that should be protected, and those which should be adapted or changed?

2)      What are the issues that pose systemic challenges to the effective transfer of technology, knowledge, and capabilities resulting from Federal R&D?  Please consider those identified in the RFI as well as others that may have inhibited collaborations with Federal laboratories, access to other federally funded R&D, or commercialization of technologies resulting from Federal R&D.

3)      What is the proposed solution for each issue that poses a systemic challenge to the effective transfer of technology, knowledge, and capabilities resulting from Federal R&D?  Please consider the approaches identified in the RFI.

4)      What are other ways to significantly improve the transfer of technology, knowledge, and capabilities resulting from Federal R&D to benefit U.S. innovation and the economy?  What changes would these proposed improvements require to Federal technology transfer practices, policies, regulations, and legislation?

The RFI and the public meetings seek to gather broad input from Federal R&D, intellectual property, and technology transfer stakeholders in the public and private sectors to identify critically-needed improvements to Federal technology transfer efforts.  They are designed to advance the Lab-to-Market cross agency priority (CAP) goal in the recently released President’s Management Agenda.  NIST and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) are co-leading the Lab-to-Market CAP Goal which seeks to ensure that the $150 billion per year invested annually in Federal research and development (R&D) reaps the largest commercial, economic, and national security returns possible.  To carry out these efforts, NIST launched the Return on Investment (ROI) Initiative in coordination with OSTP to streamline and accelerate the transfer of technology from Federal Laboratories and federally-funded R&D at universities  at the Unleashing American Innovation Symposium on April 19, 2018.  

We look forward to your participation in the public forums and the RFI process (written responses to the RFI are due by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 30, 2018).  They provide a unique opportunity to join the conversation and be part of the journey to help unleash American Innovation to benefit U.S. competitiveness for all Americans.


Walter G. Copan, Ph.D.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology

Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology


May 21, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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