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Innovation Partnerships Program

The USDOE Ames Laboratory is committed to developing and transferring technologies. Each year over the past decade, it has generated an average of 10 patents from DOE-supported research, and enters into about five technology license agreements and/or options. Collaborations between industry and the Ames Laboratory can help both parties meet their common technological objectives, while reducing development costs and risks. Knowing what to expect of a partnership with the Ames Laboratory can help both parties identify appropriate opportunities, negotiate agreements, and meet one another's expectations.

To view the Ames Lab 101: Technology Transfer video on the Importance of Technology Transfer please click here to view.

For more information on how you may work with the Laboratory, please read  "Doing Business with the Ames Laboratory".

What's New?

FY2019 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Call

The TCF proposal opportunity is specifically for maturing and advancing the commercialization potential of Ames Lab technologies (IP). The program does not support “regular” research projects or research projects with industry on topics that do not involve Ames Lab IP.  AMES available technologies can be viewed here. A copy of the full proposal call can be viewed here.

  • Topic 1: Maturation: Provisional patent application must be filed by Nov 5 to be eligible and the technology must be at TRL 3, demonstrated analytical and experimental proof-of-concept in a laboratory. No partner required, but 1:1 cost share is still required. 
  • Topic 2: Cooperative Development: Non-federal partner required. Non-provisional patent application must be filed. 1:1 cost share required.

The “proposal eligibility declaration” (letter of intent) is due November 5, 2018. Click here for more information via the FY2019 TCF Solicitation Webinar.

Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program

DOE is currently accepting applications for the third cohort of the TIR Program. All DOE national laboratories are eligible to apply for funding. DOE anticipates awarding five laboratories with up to $350,000 in funding per selectee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds expire, with a final deadline of May 20, 2019. Download the Laboratory Call for Proposals here:

Technologist in Residence Program Laboratory Call for Proposals 2018/2019

Interested industry partners are encouraged to contact Eli Levine at Eli.Levine@EE.Doe.Gov with questions and to help connect with a national laboratory with whom to partner and apply for this opportunity.