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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?

June 21, 2016

DOE announces funded projects for the initial round of projects through the Technology Commercialization Fund

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This first Department-wide round of funding through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) will support 54 projects at 12 national labs involving 52 private-sector partners."

A project proposed by Ames Laboratory and several external partners was selected for funding in the finial round.  Titled "Manufacturing Of Advanced Alnico Magnets for Energy Efficient Traction Drive Motors" the project will receive $325,000 in DOE funding: The main partner is Carpenter Powder Products, Wyomissing PA.

For more information on all the funded projects, go to:

May 4, 2016

Energy Department Announces New Funding for National Labs to Partner with Industry to Strengthen Clean Energy Manufacturing Competitiveness

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson today announced the second round of funding for the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence (TIR) program. At its core, the new program aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D. Up to $2.3 million will support the Energy Department’s national laboratories in teaming up with manufacturing companies to tackle technical challenges of interest to the participating company or consortium. Leveraging the expertise, resources and capabilities of the national labs—including one-of-a-kind analytical tools such as supercomputers—the program advances U.S. clean energy manufacturing competiveness and unleashes innovations that participating manufacturers can use to save energy, increase productivity, and commercialize high-impact technologies. Click here for the full story. 

March, 2016 - Small Business Voucher Pilot

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the opening of Round 2 of the Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program. Request for Assistance will be accepted at the SBV website until Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time.
The DOE is providing funding to its national laboratories to assist U.S. small businesses in commercializing clean energy technologies. Visit the SBV website to learn more and request a voucher.
Over three rounds, DOE will provide up to $20 million to support approximately 100 small businesses by issuing national lab vouchers valued between $50,000 and $300,000 per company for collaborative research projects or to receive technical assistance. Between 50 and 60 vouchers are available in Rounds 2 and 3 combined. Awarded businesses must provide 20% cost share of the projects. Details on cost share requirements are available at the SBV website.
Small businesses awarded vouchers in round-one of the Pilot are listed on the SBV website.

SBV Request for Assistance Schedule and Timeline
Round 2 will open in March 2016
Check out the process page for details on submission guidelines.


Each voucher request round will run on the following time schedule:

  • Request opportunity open for approximately 4 weeks at the beginning of each round.
  • Requests will be evaluated, selected and approved within 4-6 weeks of closing the round’s request opportunity.
  • Lab and company matchmaking and finalize scopes of work and contract agreements within 4 weeks.
  • DOE will approve or request more information within 2 weeks.
  • Work can begin approximately 12 weeks after closing of request opportunity.
  • Vouchers are valid for up to 12 months of work performed at a national laboratory.


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