US DoE opens tech transfer office

The Office of Technology Transitions run by acting director Jetta Wong will also administer a $20m per year technology commercialisation fund.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has set up an office to coordinate and increase the commercialisation of technologies from its $10bn research and development (R&D) portfolio.

The Office of Technology Transitions run by acting director Jetta Wong will also administer a $20m per year technology commercialisation fund.

The office help commercialise the technologies developed by the 17 national labs, weapons production facilities, and DOE-sponsored university research.

US energy secretary Ernest Moniz said: “The Office of Technology Transitions will give the Department the opportunity to increase the American people’s return on investment in federally-funded science and energy research.”

The “energy technology commercialization fund” was first mandated by the 2005 Energy Policy Act and financed by a 0.9% levy on DOE’s applied energy programs but a provision in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015 clarified that the set-aside monies are meant to support future commercialisation agreements rather than, as in previous years, funds that the applied energy programs spent during the year on cooperative agreements with industry were counted against the statutory requirement. All funding must be matched by the industry partners.

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