Technology Transfer

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 view the following video:

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


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.

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.

What’s New…

March 12, 2014

Ames Laboratory's successful commercialization activities featured in the Alliance for Iowa State newsletter:

March 4, 2013

OSTI Launches SciTech Connect

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically- attentive public to retrieve more relevant information. OSTI developed the new resource to help increase access to science, technology and engineering research information from DOE and its predecessor agencies. SciTech Connect represents one of the largest deployments of semantic search by a federal agency to date.

January 9, 2013

A Critical Materials Institute - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by The Ames Laboratory, has been selected to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security.  The new Hub, the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will initially bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, and the private sector.  The CMI is intended to address challenges in critical materials, including mineral processing, manufacture, substitution, efficient use, and end-of-life recycling and integrate scientific research, engineering innovation, manufacturing and process improvements. 

Commercialization of the technologies arising from the CMI's research program will be one of its main goals.  If you are interested in partnering with or participating in the CMI, please contact Deb Covey,, or 515-294-1048.