Department of Energy Announces Two New Technology Transfer Initiatives to Streamline Engagement with National Labs

Nov 9, 2018

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced two new technology transfer reform initiatives that will facilitate collaboration with DOE facilities and streamline approval of technology transfer agreements to help expedite DOE lab processes. These new initiatives are aimed at encouraging and strengthening government-industry engagement.

“DOE is committed to facilitating innovation, and these reforms significantly streamline the ability for industry to collaborate with the national laboratories, which will unleash some truly amazing accomplishments,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar.

The first initiative is the Laboratory Agreement Processing Reform. This initiative will streamline national lab contractors’ abilities for certain lab partnering agreements and drastically cut down on agreement processing times. Which will allow the national lab to focus more on complex and high-risk transactions.

The second initiative in the Liability Reform, which allows labs more flexibility to address indemnity requirements, which frequently complications private sector partnerships. This initiative will also facilitate national lab partnerships, by tailoring associated risk to the specific circumstances.

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