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Dan Powers
February 22nd, 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is undertaking an ambitious plan to assess Federal technology transfer efforts to enable greater “Return on Investment” (ROI) from the Federal Government’s $140 Billion annual investment in research and development (R&D). NIST is uniquely positioned to implement this initiative through our government-wide leadership role within the Department of Commerce, including delegated (link is external) regulatory authority and responsibility for annual reporting to the President and Congress.

NIST will work in collaboration with the private sector and other partners to identify critically-needed improvements to Federal technology transfer efforts.  Our goal is to streamline and accelerate the transfer of technology from Federal Laboratories and federally-funded R&D at universities to promote U.S. economic growth and national security by attracting greater private sector investment to create innovative products and services, and new businesses and industries.

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