Working together to achieve mutually compatible goals makes for cost-effective, time-efficient, win-win technology-based partnerships. Dryden’s Innovative Partnerships Office (IPO) actively promotes partnerships between industry, academia, and other government agencies and Dryden’s researchers, leveraging Dryden’s technology, expertise, and facilities solve technological 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 Dryden 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 Dryden’s programs. These partnerships not only benefit NASA, they also benefit the partners by providing:
Partnerships at Dryden are typically formalized in a Space Act Agreement, which is a vehicle for working with NASA—not a procurement contract. Depending on the nature of the project, a Space Act Agreement may be reimbursable, in which case the external party reimburses Dryden for Dryden’s labor, equipment, and/or facilities, or non-reimbursable, in which case each party contributes to the project at its own expense.