Partnering with Armstrong

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Partnering with Armstrong

We're Interested in Collaborating with You

Working together to achieve mutually compatible goals makes for cost-effective, time-efficient, win-win technology-based partnerships. Armstrong's Technology Transfer Office (TTO) actively promotes partnerships between industry, academia, and other government agencies and Armstrong's researchers, leveraging Armstrong'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 Armstrong 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 Armstrong'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 Armstrong's facilities and expertise during further technology development
—Shared up-front investment and risk with NASA
—The potential for an ongoing relationship with Armstrong by acquiring insight into NASA challenges and requirements

Partnerships at Armstrong 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 Armstrong for Armstrong's labor, equipment, and/or facilities, or non-reimbursable, in which case each party contributes to the project at its own expense.

Contact us at: (661) 276-3368 or by e-mail at DFRC-TTO@mail.nasa.gov


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.

—What specifically do you want to accomplish through this partnership?
—Is there a demonstrable Armstrong mission or program requirement for this activity? Could other Mission Directorates or centers benefit?
—What Armstrong support are you seeking?
    › Access to Armstrong researchers
    › Access to Armstrong facilities
    › Access to Armstrong equipment
—Are the resources or expertise that you are seeking from Armstrong unique to Armstrong (i.e., not generally commercially available)?
—What unique capabilities/facilities does Armstrong have that you feel are critical for a successful partnership?
—What will you contribute to the partnership?
—How will you demonstrate to Armstrong your ability to meet your requirements—both expertise and financial—under the partnership
—Is your contribution to the project equitable in comparison to Armstrong's?
—What are your risks on this project?
—What are Armstrong's risks?
—Have you had a Space Act Agreement with NASA previously?
—What is your timeline for completing the agreement and the project?

Page Last Updated: March 4th, 2014
Page Editor: Lee Obringer