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Technology Transfer

The technology transfer program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is designed to leverage the research capabilities of USGS scientists with the commercial development potential of the private sector. It encourages the adoption, use, and commercialization of USGS research products through partnerships and is oriented toward finding potential users of USGS technology.


Advantages of Technology Transfer

  • Develops a platform to share ideas
  • Fosters scientific advances to enhance standard of living
  • Protects intellectual property
  • Promotes economic development through commercialization of innovative technology
  • Enhances collaboration between the federal and non-federal science
  • Provides non-federal entities the ability to access federal technical assistance and facilities

Technology Transfer Brochure

The Technology Transfer brochure below provides a snapshot of the USGS Technology Transfer program in an easy-to-use, printable trifold format.

For more information, inquires or to express interest:

  • Download the Technology Transfer Brochure
  • Send Technology Transfer Officer, Esther Eng, an email:
  • Call Esther Eng: (703) 648-7550
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Technology Transfer Brochure

Helpful Links and Resources






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USGS Technology Transfer Policy

DOI Technology Transfer Overview

Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer Summary Reports




USGS Patents: A Novel Approach to Science


Partnerships for progress at the U.S. Geological Survey

This is about opportunity for the private sector. It is about combining the research capabilities of Government scientists with the commercial development potential of private companies. It is, consequently, about partnerships leading to products and services to enhance the quality of life and strengthen the American economy.

Technology transfer opportunities: patent licenses: portable seismic exploration probe

A new seismic source generator has been invented at the U. S. Geological Survey. Using kinetic energy stored by a flywheel, the truck-mounted source transfers this energy, by impulses, into the ground. Both longitudinal (P) and shear (S) waves can be generated, the latter in 12 directions, without moving the vehicle.

Technology transfer opportunities: partnership opportunities available at the USGS

The following are USGS research projects offering an opportunity for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partnerships. A CRADA is an agreement between one or more Federal agencies and one or more non-Federal agencies to work together in research or developmental activities. CRADAs permit both partners to share information in a protected environment and offer incentives to the no