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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.

For an interview with the Associate Laboratory Director for Sponsored Research Administration 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?

January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, Work for Others (WFO) will now be referred to as Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP).  This change is the result of a new policy issued and approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  This is not a retroactive name change; all existing proposals and work in progress will continue to move forward with the existing WFO wording. The name change was prompted by DOE to reflect the strategic nature of its National Laboratories work for industry, universities, other federal agencies, state and local institutions, and/or foreign entities. 

December 18, 2014

The USDoE Ames Laboratory is engaged in an innovative program of education and outreach with Oklahoma University (OU) and its Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW).

The most recent project in this program links: the USDoE Ames Laboratory Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA), the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW), and Iowa State University’s Office of Intellectual Property Licensing Office (ISURF), in a technology commercialization study that addressed the commercial potential of  Dr. Ryan Ott’s innovative rare earth recycling process.

To learn more and watch the presentation, click here.

October 1, 2014

As some of you may or may not know, the Office of Research Opportunities (ORO) has now instituted an electronic pre-proposal (E-PPF) system to route new pre-proposal forms (PPF). The electronic PPF mimics the paper copy that has been previously in use and will be used to route all your out-of-cycle proposals for all reviews and approval from the Principle Investigators, Division/Program Director, ESH&A, Export Control, Program Directors, Associate Laboratory Director, and the Deputy Director. Please click here to learn more about the Electronic PPF.

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Did you know...

Ames Laboratory technologies provide economic contribution to the world...

Ames Laboratory puts our science into action by deploying technologies through licensing innovations developed by Ames Lab scientists. In 2013, Ames Laboratory inventions provided an estimated economic contribution of $610 million, representing $16 of economic activity for every dollar of the Ames Laboratory's $39 million annual budget.

Lead-free solder invention participated in celebrating Cy's 60th Birthday...

Please click here to learn more.

Website Lists Questionable Open-Access Journals, Publishers...

Wondering if an open-access scholarly publisher or journal is on the up-and-up? Jeffrey Beall, a librarian and associate professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, keeps a list of dubious journals and publishers at his website, Scholarly Open Access.

America Invents Act Overhauls the Patent System...

Beginning March 16, 2013, the US will convert to a "First Inventor to file" system under the America Invents Act.  Information on the implementation of the AIA can be found on the US Patent and Trademark Offices' website.  For a powerpoint presentation overview of the AIA, click here Brian Lally, our DOE Patent Counsel, presented a Seminar on the Act, on February 26, 2013. A copy of the presentation can be found here and on our Tech Transfer and IP Training Opportunities page.

Want to assess your Intellectual Property awareness?  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has an assessment available on their website at  Try it today!

Way to Connect...

Initial contact with many of our Partners is made through our scientist networking at conferences.  The IASourceLink, the premier online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 300 resource providers across Iowa, has 7 tips for successful networking.