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AFRL/RI TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICE|
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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) emphasizes technology transfer - the sharing or transferring of information, data, hardware, personnel, services, facilities or other scientific resources for the benefit of the private or public sector.
Congress passed specific legislation encouraging technology transfer in 1980. Since then, Congress has continued to strengthen technology transfer through additional pieces of legislation. The White House has also initiated new programs emphasizing the transfer of technology to stimulate the economy and to improve the international competitiveness of American industry.
AFRL/RI's mission of research and development in the information systems sciences and technology for the Air Force and DoD is ideally positioned to also satisfy congressional technology transfer legislation. AFRL's Information Technology developments are by their very nature applicable to both the military and the commercial world - they are "Dual Use."
Over the years, AFRL/RI has maintained an excellent track record of developing and making available to the private sector dual-use technologies. AFRL/RI technology has touched almost everyone in one way or another - examples included learning aids for children, compact discs, computer memory, security systems, fiber optics and satellite communications, to name a few.
AFRL/RI is continuing its outstanding multifaceted technology transfer program. All types of technology transfer agreements authorized by Congress are used by AFRL. The principle types of agreements used are 1) Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with industry, academic, and state/local government agencies, 2) Education Partnerships with academic institutions, and 3) Patent License Agreements with private industry. Other activities include the issuance of grants, cooperative agreements and other transactions, answering requests for technical assistance, and technology outreach activities.
The Information Directorate continues to develop systems, concepts and technologies to enhance the Air Force's capability to successfully meet the challenges of the information age. Our research and development is an ongoing process made necessary by the rapidly changing technology available to the world community and the ever changing world geopolitical problem set presented to America and her allies. Be a part of our nation's security and the technologies that expands our economy the technology transfer way.
For additional information on the information sharing and technology transfer, please contact the Technology Transfer Office at:
Comm.: (315) 330-3470
Fax: (315) 330-8124
Office of Research and Technology Application
26 Electronic Parkway
Rome, NY, 13441-4514
For even more information on Technology Transfer as well as patents, please visit the following pages:
Air Force Technology Transfer Home Page
DoD Tech Transfer Home Page
United States Patent and Trademark Office