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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?

Startup Weekend Ames, IA  Friday, Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm - Sunday, Nov 22 @ 9:00 pm

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial and community leaders.   Cost is $99.  To register or for more information, go to:


Mark your calendars for Global Entrepreneur Week, November 16-22, 2015. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. 

For more information and activities scheduled during the week, see

SBIR/STTR Phase I Release

Topics for the DOE FY16 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement have been issued and are now available on the DOE website at

September 21, 2015

DOE's Small Business Voucher Pilot Program initiative is designed to increase small business access and connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at our national laboratories.  Funds for the SBV pilot will be provided directly to the laboratories to work with small businesses in areas that are consistent with EERE’s mission. No funds will be transferred to the small businesses participating in the pilot.

Three cycles of competitions will be offered to interested small businesses in the 2016 fiscal year. Ames Laboratory has partnered with ORNL to address needs in advanced manufacturing, and materials including rare earths and others critical to the US.

For more information on how to apply, go to or


September 16, 2015

Praxair to Market Fine Titanium Powder for Additive Manufacturing