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Featured Opportunities

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.

Apparatus that assists collection of stormwater quality samples
Apparatus that assists collection of stormwater quality samples

Innovative Stormwater Sampling Device

Stormwater Sampling Device mounted inside a storm sewer (PDF for download).

An innovative device used to collect a water sample that represents a composite of the entire water column or, if desired, one or more points within the water column. The depth-integrated sample arm (DISA) is an essential tool when monitoring in environments where the stratification of particles may be of concern and accurate pollutant concentration data is critical. The DISA can also be equipped with external sensors for fully automated, real-time measurement of water-quality parameters at precise locations in a water column.

The USGS is seeking to license this patented technology commercially in the United States under U.S. Patent Nos. 8,935,965 and 8,286,512.

For more information, inquires, or to express interest: 

  • Download the one-page summary PDF   

  • Send us an email: 

  • Call James Mitchell at: 703-648-4344 or Richard Miller at: 240-489-3121


Public Announcements

Special Notice: NextGen Data Collection Platform for U.S. Geological Survey's Water Mission Area

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS) and the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF) are seeking information from industry, academia, nonprofits, and research institutions on the development of a data collection platform (DCP) with features and capabilities that align with modern telemetry and monitoring technologies. The USGS anticipates replacing approximately 6,900 DCPs that do not meet the GOES CS2 upgrade requirement by May 31, 2026. To ensure this significant investment in new DCPs provides maximum benefit to the public and the water monitoring community, the USGS aims to identify, or partner in the development of a modern DCP. This would not only meet the GOES CS2 requirement, but provide additional capabilities, functionality, and features not found in current systems. Please view the list of several desired system specifications and features for the next generation DCP.

This Request for Information (RFI) is to help identify maturing technologies and emerging products that meet these requirements and (or) interested partners who are capable of jointly developing a Next Generation DCP that can integrate with current and evolving USGS monitoring efforts per the Stevenson-­Wydler Act (15 U.S.C. § 3710a, as amended). Please submit responses to this RFI to no later than November 30, 2021 **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Friday, December 17, 2021**.. Responses should include information on existing products and (or) products under development and indicate which system specifications or features they support.

NGWOS Request for Information Slideshow Presentation

A "Special Notice" was posted on to announce this Request for Information (RFI) for the NGWOS program. The infomation meeting slides are shared in PDF. (Public domain.)


An information session is scheduled for October 29, 2021, from 1-2pm Eastern Time. If you are interested in learning more about this RFI and ways your organization can collaborate with the USGS to develop this product, please register for the information session by completing the online form.

Questions may also be sent to or by calling Russ Lotspeich at (804) 205-6685 or Brian Pellerin at (703) 648-6865.

This notice is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to award a contract nor will the Government pay for the requested information. This is solely a request for information and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. USGS is not accepting requests for funding applications to this RFI. No solicitation exists; therefore, please do not request a copy of the solicitation.

To the maximum extent possible, please submit non-proprietary information. If proprietary information is submitted, clearly mark this information as Confidential. The USGS will protect this information from disclosure if it meets the Federal FOIA exemptions.