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Technology Transfer
Over the course of its history, NASA has nurtured partnerships with the private sector to facilitate the transfer of NASA-developed technologies. The benefits of these partnerships have reached throughout the economy and around the globe, as the resulting commercial products contributed to the development of services and technologies in the fields of health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, environmental resources, computer technology, and industry.

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 that created NASA called for the new agency to disseminate its technology for public benefit. Accordingly, NASA is obliged to provide for the widest practicable dissemination of information concerning results of NASA's activities. Subsequent legislation further formalized NASA’s obligation to find secondary uses for its technologies.

In accordance with NASA's obligations under mandating legislation, the Innovative Partnerships Office (IPO), on behalf of NASA, facilitates the transfer of technology to which NASA has title for commercial application and other national benefit.

The spectrum of technologies key to NASA’s missions is so broad that it is difficult to imagine a key industrial sector that could not benefit from NASA’s inventions in one or more technology areas.

Additional Resources

The annual Spinoff report shows how companies have successfully transformed NASA technologies into viable commercial products.

The Hallmarks Video Gallery features short clips explaining how various partners have benefitted from working with NASA.

NASA Tech Finder is one stop shopping for detailed information on technology and licensing opportunities.

The Online Partnering Tool will connect you with a NASA technology transfer manager who will guide you through the steps to a partnership.