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Sandia Maps Out Nationwide T2 Partnerships

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In development for three years, Sandia National Laboratories’ Partnerships National Reach map shows the wide range of partnership work that has taken place nationwide from 2010 – 2014.  The online map brings to light more than 5,000 various technology transfer (T2) partnership agreements Sandia has signed in the past five years.

“The map illustrates the amazing breadth of work Sandia does with industrial, university, government, and lab partners around the United States,” said Pete Atherton, senior manager of Industry Partnerships Dept.

Atherton said the map came about because many people inside and outside Sandia didn’t know the extent of the Labs’ collaborations. “People often ask how many industrial partners we work with and when I ask them to guess, I hear 20, 30, 40. Actually, in 2014 we worked with 830 unique industrial partners,” he stated. “The map takes it further to other types of partnerships. We wanted to tell the full Sandia story. This shows how much collaboration and technology transfer is really going on, and it doesn’t include the Labs’ many global partners. That would be an even bigger picture.”

The map includes Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Government Use Notices, technology licenses, Non-federal Entity Funds-In agreements, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, and University Partnerships. Found on Sandia’s website, the map interactively displays the number of agreements and partners in each state as the mouse hovers over. Filters include partner type, fiscal year, and agreement type. “Our trusted partnerships limit the amount of information we display, like a company name,” Atherton said. “But there are many neat examples described in videos and documents accessible on the left side of the webpage.”

Lozanne Chavez led the software team that developed the map. “A lot of effort went into the data gathering and cleanup,” she said. “We pulled from five different data sources.” Chavez stated that the site will be updated yearly to provide a current snapshot of Sandia’s partnerships.

Atherton hopes the map will contribute to data-informed decision making by business professionals, economic developers, and policymakers because people can see the breadth of partnerships and build on them.

“With partnerships in every state, Sandia further demonstrates that we are a national lab in every sense,” said Andy McIlroy, Director of Research Strategy & Partnerships Dept. and deputy chief technology officer. “This tells a compelling story of technology transfer.”

Patricia Knighten, Manager of the Office of Science and Technology at the state Economic Development Department, said that the map is a useful tool that shows how a national lab can contribute to economic development. “This is great work; not just the website, but the partnerships.”

Below are some key figures displayed on the map. (FY 2010 – 2014)

 All partner types

Total agreements: 5,080

New Mexico: 1,574

California: 560

Texas: 341

Industrial partners

Total agreements: 2,534

New Mexico: 1,150

California: 275

Texas: 103

University partners

Total agreements: 1,796

New Mexico: 324

Texas: 226

California: 174

To view Sandia’s Partnerships National Reach map, visit http://www.sandia.gov/partnerships_reach.

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