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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".

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The World Food Frize, Borlaug Dialoge International Symposium, October 14-16, 2015, Des Moines, IA

Empowering Women Educating Girls 

This October, at the Borlaug Dialogue there will be a special emphasis on the importance of empowering women and girls especially through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to achieving global food security. Speakers include Chelsea Clinton, Sheryl WuDunn and Iowa's Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds.  To register go to

October, 5, 2015, 1:00 p.m., 3043 ECpE Building Addition, Iowa State University

Intellectual Property Law Primer: An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Why It is Important to You

Tyler Benson, Intellectual Property Attorney, Advent LLP will present a seminar that will provide a brief overview of the different types of intellectual property and why it is important to you and your research.  Intellectual property can refer to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  For some companies, most of their value may reside in intellectual property.  For example, an issued patent provides a patent owner the rights to exclude a third party from making, selling, importing, and using the claimed invention for a limited period of time.   Additionally, many engineers may find themselves filing patent applications in the near future related to their university research or their work done on behalf of a business or corporation.  This seminar will provide an overview of the various types of intellectual property and potential opportunities available to engineers in intellectual property.

October 1, 2015

National Manufacuting Day, October 2, 2015. 

Manufacturing companies and other organizations are preparing to host an anticipated 400,000 people who want to experience U.S. manufacturing up close and in person. On October 2, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s fourth annual Manufacturing Day will increase public awareness about what and where manufacturing is, provide some with a pathway toward a new career, and demonstrate manufacturing’s value to the United States’ economy. To learn more about Manufacturing Day and how to get involved, visit the Manufacturing Day website.

Included at the website is an interactive map to help you find activities occurring in your city or state, both publivc and virtual.


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