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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, inquiries or to express interest:

USGS Technology Transfer Link to Brochure
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


Technology transfer opportunities: partnerships: computer-based temperature control and video overlay system for use with a diamond anvil cell

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a computer-based temperature control and video overlay system for use with the diamond anvil cell. The diamond-anvil cell (DAC) is a means for subjecting samples to very high pressures in laboratory experiments. For example, pressures to 100 kilobars can be achieved using the device. In addition, the DAC can subject samples to temperatures ra

Technology transfer opportunities: how to enter into a CRADA with the USGS

A CRADA is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. It is a written agreement between a private company and a government agency to work together on a project. By entering into a CRADA, the Federal government and non-Federal partners can optimize their resources and cost-effectively perform research by sharing the costs of this research. The collaborating partner agrees to provide funds, p

Technology transfer opportunities: USGS technology: patents and pending patents available for licensing

Patents and pending patents for technologies and inventions developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are listed below. Pending patents are identified by asterisks.