During the reporting period (2009-13), DOE has developed a sharpened focus on technology transfer activities, with a broader definition and commitment to continuously improving the Department’s efforts, thereby enhancing the impact of the science and technology discoveries made at DOE Facilities. To support this focus, DOE has implemented a number of programmatic initiatives designed to improve the procedures for external partnering with its National Laboratories and Other Facilities and to provide greater visibility to the private sector of the opportunities to work with them.  

DOE’s National Laboratories and other Facilities have sustained their activities in technology commercialization and engagement with the private sector. In 2013 they participated in over 3,000 contracts with the private sector, including more than 600 with small businesses, and have supported 40 start-up companies. The Facilities have sustained strong rates of invention disclosures and patent awards, with over 1,500 disclosures and over 700 patents issued in 2013. The high quality of the commercialization activities is recognized annually through the R&D 100 awards, with the DOE Facilities having received 185 of the 500 awards over the past 5 years. 

DOE’s technology transfer impact is also enhanced through cross cutting programs, notably the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program and through industrial engagement with DOE’s Scientific User Facilities and shared R&D facilities. 
 

Contents

I. Introduction .............................................................................................................................................. 1

II. Technology Partnering Policy and Management ........................................................................ 2

III. Summary of Fiscal Year 2009-2013 Transactions ..................................................................... 6

IV. Technology Commercialization Activities 2009-2013 ............................................................. 8

V. Appendix A – 2011 Secretarial Policy Statement on Technology Transfer at Department of Energy Facilities (March 28, 2011) .... 15

VI. Appendix B – Technology Transfer Offices at DOE National Labs and Facilities ........ 19

VII. Appendix C – Technology Transfer Data for Fiscal Years 2009-2013 ............................ 22

VIII. Appendix D – Glossary and List of User Facilities ................................................................... 24

IX. Appendix E – National Laboratory Success Stories ................................................................ 31