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Partnering with JSC

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Partnering with JSC

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Working together to achieve mutually compatible goals makes for cost-effective, time-efficient, win-win technology-based partnerships.

JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTO) actively promotes partnerships between industry, academia, and other government agencies and JSC’s researchers, leveraging JSC’s technology, expertise, and facilities to solve technical challenges for NASA and its partners.

NASA’s partnership efforts employ the Open Innovation approach–leveraging external ideas to develop novel solutions that meet NASA’s needs as well as have applications in other industries.

Open Innovation provides JSC with a cost-effective and efficient means of leveraging technologies being developed by industry, academia, other government agencies, and other NASA centers to meet the needs of its missions. These technology solutions are then infused into NASA’s programs.

These partnerships not only benefit NASA, they also benefit the partners by providing:

› An opportunity to grow or sustain their business through further development, enhancement, or refinement of the jointly-developed technology
› The opportunity to leverage JSC’s facilities and expertise during further technology development
› Shared up-front investment and risk
› The potential for an ongoing relationship with JSC by acquiring insight into NASA challenges and requirements

Partnerships at JSC are typically formalized in a Space Act Agreement, the vehicle NASA uses for collaboration, excess capacity, property loans, and leases where there is no money transfer or money flows from the external party to NASA. Depending on the nature of the project, a Space Act Agreement may be reimbursable, in which case the external party reimburses JSC for JSC’s labor, equipment, and/or facilities, or non-reimbursable, in which case each party contributes to the project at its own expense.


Considerations for Partnerships

We encourage organizations interested in partnerships to review the considerations below, our Frequently Asked Questions page, and the Space Act Agreements Guide→.

1—What specifically do you want to accomplish through this partnership?
2—Is there a demonstrable NASA mission or program requirement for this activity? Could other Mission Directorates or centers benefit?
3—What JSC support are you seeking? For example...
      › Access to JSC researchers
      › Access to JSC facilities
      › Access to JSC equipment

4—Are the resources or expertise that you are seeking from JSC unique to JSC (i.e., not generally commercially available)?
5—What unique capabilities/facilities does JSC have that you feel are critical for a successful partnership?
6—What will you contribute to the partnership?
7—How will you demonstrate to JSC your ability to meet your requirements—both expertise and financial—under the partnership?
8—Is your contribution to the project equitable in comparison to JSC’s?
9—What are your risks on this project?
10—What are JSC’s risks?
11—Have you had a Space Act Agreement with NASA previously?
12—What is your timeline for completing the agreement and the project?

Page Last Updated: January 16th, 2014
Page Editor: Lee Obringer