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About the Dryden Innovative Partnerships Office
The Innovative Partnerships Office (IPO) at Dryden Flight Research Center works to achieve the following goals:
Adding value to NASA
Facilitating technology breakthroughs
Accelerating research and development (R&D) achievements
Increasing the return on the nation’s space program investments
The IPO adds value to NASA through technology development and technology infusion. Technology infusion ensures that NASA considers all of the possible solutions to a technical challenge. IPO also acts as a pathfinder and an agent of change to facilitate new approaches and methods for technology development.
The IPO facilitates technology breakthroughs by fostering partnerships that leverage funding, capabilities, and expertise both within and outside the agency to address technology barriers. These cost-shared, joint-development partnerships bring together new sources of innovation not only to address NASA’s technology needs but also to benefit the nation.
The IPO accelerates R&D achievements by funding development of cutting-edge, critical technologies. IPO’s programs support innovative R&D by small businesses, early-stage concept development by NASA innovators, collaborative R&D between NASA researchers and external organizations, testing of emerging technologies in the space environment, and much more.
The IPO increases the return on taxpayer investments by transferring technologies developed for the space program to new commercial applications. Medicine, transportation, public safety, environmental protection, computer technology, consumer goods, and many other industries have introduced new products and processes based upon NASA technology. IPO makes these “spinoffs”→ happen.
The IPO achieves all of these goals by:
Evaluating the commercial potential of Dryden technologies and working with patent counsel to protect the intellectual property
Reviewing Dryden’s technology needs to identify opportunities for joint R&D with companies, universities, government agencies, and national laboratories