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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

USGS Patents: A Novel Approach to Science


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.

Technology transfer opportunities: partnerships: print on demand technology

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seeks partnerships with innovative companies who possess the technical expertise and resources to facilitate the USGS's transition to print-on-demand technologies. The USGS requires the hardware/ software and technical expertise to integrate print -on-demand capabilities in solving three problems with its current printing process.