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R2. Technology Transfer Policies Project: "Identifying Innovative Technology Transfer Policies through an Analysis of Federal Programs"


Steve Bauer

A large body of federal legislation supports research and development, technology transfer, product commercialization, business development, and job creation. With important exceptions, most federal legislation does not focus on assistive technology or the needs of people with disabilities. Federal legislation can be roughly divided into supply-side legislation and demand-side legislation. Supply-side legislation facilitates technology innovation and product development based upon this innovation. Demand-side legislation typically creates business opportunities by providing money to purchase products or by establishing regulations that require certain types of products to be purchased. Research Project 2 looks at the impact that supply-side legislation has on the availability of products in the marketplace for people with disabilities and people aging with and into disability.

In Research Project 2, the impact of six programs linked to federal supply-side legislation are evaluated. The central question to be answered is "What impact does each program (and by implication the parent federal legislation) have on the availability of assistive technology in the marketplace?" The six programs to be evaluated include: 1) SBIR; 2) STTR; 3) university-based technology licensing; 4) federal laboratory-based technology licensing; 5) federal laboratory CRADA; and 6) the RERC on Technology Transfer.


Steve Bauer, T2RERC Principal Investigator
Wendy Strobel, Demand Pull Project Manager

External Advisor:

Dr. Pallavoor Vaidyanathan, Assistant Vice-President of Research
Office of Research, Central Florida University
124-43 Research Parkway; Orlando, FL 32826

Project Staff:

Jennifer Flagg, Market Analyst
Jennifer M. Brace, Graduate Research Assistant

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