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DC Dispatch - December 4, 2015

DC Dispatch

NIST Releases 2013 Federal Tech Transfer Report
(Includes new metrics)

NIST has recently released: the 2013 edition of the Federal Lab Tech Transfer Summary Report to Congress. From the press release, “[T]he government-wide results include both quantitative measures (e.g., number of licenses, earned royalty income, etc.) and qualitative indicators (e.g., anecdotal evidence of downstream outcomes and benefits) of effectiveness, organized by agency and summarized at the national level.  In a memorandum issued Oct. 28, 2011, President Obama cited the importance of invention and technological innovation as drivers of economic growth and challenged federal laboratories to accelerate technology transfer operations over the next five years.  The memorandum also directed the Secretary of Commerce to improve and expand, where appropriate, the collection of metrics regarding the effectiveness of federal technology transfer activities.  These new measures include the:

  • number of science and engineering articles by agency and technology;
  • number of citations of agency patents, including by technology;
  • number of small businesses involved in CRADAs;
  • number of licenses granted to small businesses; and
  • number of startup companies supported by tech transfer activities. 

According to the report, federal laboratories reported 8,703 CRADAs and 25,379 other types of joint research relationships. There were 5,307 new inventions disclosed, 2,507 patent applications filed, 1,909 patents issued, and almost $185 million in income generated from 5,492 active income-bearing licenses.

Moreover, federal researchers authored or co-authored 44,802 articles published in scientific or engineering journals, and 13,026 articles authored or co-authored by federal researchers were cited in patent applications.

Not all agencies were able to tally their interactions with small businesses in time for this report; however, available data showed that small businesses accounted for 18 percent of 3,095 active CRADAs and 7 percent of active technology licenses. 

Of the new data types collected, federal support for startup companies is the least documented because agencies had not specifically tracked their interactions with these types of businesses before. Preliminary data from three agencies identified 78 companies that opened for business between 2008 and 2013 and were or are receiving critical technical support from federal laboratories.” See the full report here. (Original Sources: NIST web site)

New From NSF

Higher Education Research and Development Survey, Fiscal Year 2014 presents “data on research and development expenditures at higher education institutions across all academic disciplines. Tables include R&D expenditures by institution, R&D field, geographic area, source of funds, character of work (basic research, applied research, and development), cost categories (salaries, software, equipment, and indirect costs), and trends over time.” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Federal R&D Funding, by Budget Function: Fiscal Years 2014-16 contains “information on the budget authority of U.S. federal agencies to fund research and development and R&D plant in FYs 2014-16. FY 2014 data are agencies' actual budget authority. FY 2015 data (preliminary) are estimates. FY 2016 data are the funding levels proposed by the President's U.S. government budget for that year. Two tables provide year-to-year time series data on actual federal budget authority for R&D by broad function back to FY 1955.” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Federal Budget Authority for R&D in FYs 2014 and 2015 Turns Modestly Upward, but Extent of Increase in FY 2016 Uncertain indicates “that federal budget authority for research and development and R&D plant together totaled an estimated $137.2 billion (current dollars, preliminary data) in FY 2015, an increase of $1.0 billion over the FY 2014 level. This follows a $3.7 billion increase in FY 2014 over the FY 2013 level. Nevertheless, this pair of increases only modestly offsets the successive declines experienced in FY 2011 (down $4.6 billion), FY 2012 (down $0.6 billion), and FY 2013 (down $11.3 billion).” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

R&D 100 Awards Announced

R&D Magazine has just announced: the 2015 winners of the R&D 100 award -- which included “established Fortune 500 companies and federally funded research institutions, as well as academic and government labs.” From the press release, “[T]he R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry, and biotechnology. The awards not only recognize the efforts of the development team and partners, they provide a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and consumers. … Along with honoring the 100 best technologies of the year, R&D Magazine also presented Scientist of the Year and Innovator of the Year awards. The 2015 Scientist of the Year is Astronaut Scott Kelly, Operations Branch Chief of the Year in Space Mission, who is currently circling the Earth. Kelly accepted the award in a surprise video statement in which he thanked R&D Magazine and explained the goals of his year-long mission. The 2015 Innovator of the Year Skylar Tibbits, Director of the MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, riveted the audience with his presentation on the lab's projects.” You can see the winners by category – and get a head start on 2016 nominations – here. Congrats to all – especially the federal labs. (Original Sources: R&D awards web site)

UPSTO Launches New Global Dossier System

The USPTO has just launched: the first service associated with its Global Dossier Initiative. From the press release, “Global Dossier is a user-friendly online interface, which will make it easier for patent applicants to quickly and easily view, monitor, and manage intellectual property (IP) protection around the world by providing access to the dossiers of related applications filed at participating offices. … Initially proposed by the USPTO to the five largest International Property Offices (IP5) in November 2011. Global Dossier is a set of business services aimed at modernizing the global patent system and delivering benefits to all stakeholders through a single portal/user interface. Through Dossier Access, the public will be able to obtain data that is timely, reliable, understandable, standardized, and of high quality. Currently, the European Patent Office (EPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) provide a Global Dossier portal to the public. The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will be introducing Global Dossier in 2016.” Find more on the Global Dossier Initiative here. You need to link to the Global Dossier page from the press release. (Original Sources: USPTO web site)

Fun (Arguable) Fact

The 7 Best Cities to Launch a Startup in 2016s ( According to Small Business Trends online) are Austin, New York, Nashville, Boulder, Seattle, Ashville, and Greenville.


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Contact:Gary K. Jones, FLC DC Representative, gkjones.ctr@federallabs.org

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