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Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process that universities and other research organizations use to translate research discoveries and scientific findings into new products, technologies, drugs and other services that benefit the public. AAU promotes activities to improve university technology transfer through providing a forum through which its members share information about institutional policies and best practices they use to move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. AAU also advocates for maintaining and strengthening federal technology transfer policies, including the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 which fundamentally changed the nation’s system of technology transfer by enabling universities to retain title to inventions and take the lead in patenting and licensing groundbreaking discoveries.



Following is a statement by AAU on the introduction of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act by Senators Gardner and Peters.
The undersigned scientific and professional societies, higher education associations, universities, and research institutions are writing to express their opposition to a provision in the Commercializing on Small Business Innovation Act of 2016 (HR 4783) which would increase the SBIR set-aside from 3.46 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to 4.5 percent in FY 2022 of any federal agency budget that provides more than $100 million for research.
APLU and AAU today released a set of principles and recommendations regarding innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization.
AAU Technology Transfer working group proposes steps universities can take to better align policies and practices with the public interest.
We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the OSTP and National Economic Council, Notice of RFI on the Administration’s Strategy for American Innovation.
A group of high-technology corporations and associations sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to make changes in the bill.
Letter expressing support for the Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future Economic Resiliency (TRANSFER) Act of 2013.
Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit: Recommendations from the National Expert Panel White House Conference Center May 20, 2013
Congress writes to express strong support for the NIH proof-of-concept pilot program authorized by the SBIR-STTR reauthorization included in the defense authorization bill passed in December, 2011.