Why DOI undertakes TT

Technology transfer enables the nation to get more value for the resources it makes available to the Department's scientists, engineers and technical personnel.

In FY 2014, these resources included $828.4 million for research and development. Much of the funding was for applied research ($665.7 million), while basic research and development received $52.2 million and $110.5 million, respectively. The programs supported through these funds generate large amounts of knowledge, information, and technology, which help Interior meet its mission objectives and are transferred to resource managers, stakeholders, and the general public.

For Interior, technology transfer includes a broad range of activities designed to disseminate scientific and technical information and knowledge between the Department and other Federal and non-Federal entities. It includes but is not limited to publications, exchange of scientific and technical information, protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, and sharing via technology transfer agreements sanctioned by law—or otherwise making available—for scientific or technical purposes the expertise and specialized scientific material and resources which the Department manages.

In general, technology transfer activities within the Department are consistent with its mission to protect and manage the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; to make available scientific and other information about those resources; to honor trust responsibilities to Tribes; and to supply energy for the future.

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