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Department of the Navy Laboratories to be recognized at the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards Dinner

Regina Coeby is a writer for American Technology Solutions International (ATSI), a contractor for the Department of Navy Technology Transfer Program Office

The Department of the Navy (DON) laboratories perform exciting research, create novel materials and technologies and produce some of the finest innovations in science and technology. Using the technology transfer process, non-Navy partners such as private industry, academia, and state and local governments have the opportunity to work together with the Navy laboratory on mutually beneficial research to further develop these innovative technologies. Technology transfer legislation also promotes the licensing of patented technologies developed at the DON laboratories for commercial applications.

The DON Technology Transfer Program Office is located at the Office of Naval Research and is led by Program Manager, Dottie Vincent. “Technology transfer is vital to increasing the visibility of all the naval technology being developed in our labs,” said Dottie Vincent. “We want other institutions – industrial or academic – to partner with us and help further develop these technologies, opening them up to a wide range of users. This process is good for the Navy, our current and future partners, our warfighters and the nation.”

Celebrating Successes 

To celebrate the successes that come out of this process, the Federal Laboratory Consortium
(FLC) recognizes laboratories and their partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements during an annual awards program. The FLC is a congressionally-mandated, nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, facilities and research centers that promote and facilitate the movement of research and technology into commercial products for the global marketplace. The 2017 FLC awards ceremony will be held 26 April 2017 during the FLC National Meeting and will recognize DON laboratories with seven awards.

Dorothy (Dottie) Vincent, DON Technology Transfer Program Manager, Office of Naval Research – Arlington, VA – Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award. This prestigious award recognizes the efforts of an FLC laboratory technology transfer professional (or team) who has demonstrated outstanding work transferring a technology in a manner significantly over and above what was called for in the normal course of their work. Ms. Vincent has been an inspiring leader of the Navy’s T2 Program for over twenty years and was the impetus for believing in the Innovation Discovery Process, which has been a highly successful tool that utilizes the input of outside business professionals to brainstorm on new innovative elements of DON laboratory technologies.

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) – Washington, DC – Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. This award recognizes employees of member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. NRL’s CT-Analyst® – air plume contamination crisis management system; fiber optic amplitude modulated sensors (FOS); and SiloxoGrip™ – a siloxane-based non-skid coating will all receive the Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards.

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) – Orlando, FL –Interagency Partnership Award. This award recognizes agency and/or laboratory employees from at least two different agencies who have collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring a technology. NAWCTSD will win this award for their collaboration with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for their Scenario Planning and Effects Control System (SPECS). SPECS simulates the sights, sounds and smells of conflict for a highly immersive training environment.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) – Crane, IN – Laboratory Director of the Year Award. This award honors directors of FLC laboratories who have made maximum contributions to support technology transfer activities in their organizations. NSWC Crane’s Captain Jeffrey T. Elder will receive the award for his leadership of the T2 office to unprecedented levels in the size and quality of Crane’s intellectual property portfolio, the number of executed T2 agreements, and the strategic partnerships with state organizations, universities, and industry.

Elizabeth (Brooke) Pyne, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) – Crane, IN – Rookie of the Year Award. This award recognizes the efforts of an FLC laboratory technology transfer professional who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of technology transfer in a manner significantly over and above what was called for in the normal course of their work during the past year. Since taking the helm of the T2 Program at Crane in late 2014, Ms. Pyne’s creativity and outreach activities through individual strategic partnerships and innovative T2 transactions have continued Crane’s success outside the laboratory’s gate.

The FLC awards are some of the most prestigious honors in the technology transfer field and are given as a symbol of recognition for outstanding technological efforts. The efforts demonstrated by this year’s class of winners sets an example for the technology transfer community and provides proof that the commercialization process can foster lab-to-market successes.

The Technology Transfer Process 

To help with the transition of technology, federal agencies have several of options to utilize:

  • Patent License Agreements (PLAs) license commercial companies to commercially exploit patented government-developed technology.  The government retains the rights to the use of technology for government purposes.
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are legal agreements between a laboratory and a non-federal partner to work together on the research and development of a given technology.

For more information, please contact the Navy Technology Transfer Program Office at [email protected].