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Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIAs)

Many federal laboratories have Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIAs) with entities that facilitate joint projects and accelerate technology transfer between the lab and private companies. These intermediaries help companies to identify federal technologies that can be licensed and commercialized. They also work to increase the likelihood of successful cooperative activities between the lab and small businesses.

DoD Level Partnership Intermediaries

TechLink, Montana State University

TechLink is the Department of Defense’s primary national technology transfer partner. Our unmatched technology licensing expertise is grounded in over 20 years of partnership with DoD laboratories; whereby more than 1,000 inventions have been transferred to industry partners so meaningful products and services can be realized. TechLink reviews all DoD IP and strategically pairs those commercially viable technologies with capable industry partners. We’re committed to helping national investment in research and development come full circle, enabling positive economic impact and ensuring innovative capabilities reach the warfighter. View the database of all U.S. Air Force technologies with licensing potential or learn more at the link below.

Website: http://techlinkcenter.org

MilTech, Montana State University

MilTech is an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) National Technology Transition Partnership Intermediary (PI) that accelerates the transition of new technologies to the US Warfighter. Since its establishment in 2004, MilTech has worked with all four military branches, OSD, and joint and special programs on hundreds of projects and technologies.

MilTech assists DoD programs with technology scouting and market research; design, design review and prototyping; independent government cost estimates; cost reduction recommendations; manufacturing capability assessments and reviews; vendor/partner scouting identification and assessment; and expertise to IPTs and product design teams.

Through these core competencies MilTech is able to reduce technology development, delivery time and life cycle costs, connect the DoD to non-traditional vendors, improve design capabilities and user acceptance, and assess the manufacturability of innovative technologies.

Website: http://www.montana.edu/miltech/

FirstLink, Pittsburgh Gateways Corp

FirstLink helps federal organizations connect with the private sector in order to advance technologies for the nation’s first responder community. Addressing both idle and emerging inventions, FirstLink reviews the feasibility of novel technologies and relates assets, evaluating the market opportunity and value of commercial adoption in public and private sectors.

Website: https://dodfirstlink.com


Air Force Regional Partnership Intermediaries

Wright-Brothers Institute

Wright Brothers Institute connects inventors to resources such as technology partners, manufacturing partners and market intelligence to move technology outside of the fence. Wright Brothers Institute’s resident experts also bring technology back to the Air Force to fast-track research and better enable the Warfighter.

Website: https://www.wbi-innovates.com

Purdue Research Foundation

The goals of this agreement include implementing the Purdue Foundry established technology translation processes and to expand the commercialization channels for Purdue and the Air Force Research Laboratory. The agreement also includes technology/innovation showcases as a means to marketing technology transfer opportunities.

Website: https://www.prf.org

New Mexico Tech

NM Tech has promoted ideas, inventions, and technologies through a set of spin-on spin-off initiatives for shaping the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate and the Space Vehicles Directorate approach to T3. In addition, the NM Tech PIA continues to implement, develop, and mediates tech transfer agreements necessary to excel commercial viability. In addition, the Explora STEM Education and Workforce Development Center is a job-creation project, providing critical pathways to engage, educate, and employ New Mexico’s Future Science Leaders. This center is unique in that it is demographic/need blind, allowing underrepresented teens and young adults exposure to and opportunities in alternate learning methods and access to employers.

Website: https://nmt.edu

Griffiss Institute

The primary role of the Griffiss Institute is to advocate and facilitate the co-operation of private industry, academia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, in developing solutions to critical cyber security problems. Another prime role is to build upon technologies under development at the AFRL Information Directorate to further strengthen our nation’s security. By partnering AFRL with private industry and academia, the Griffiss Institute is able to facilitate and grow the technology base of the Upstate New York region. The Griffiss Institute is focused on providing an environment conducive to the growth of technology and ideas, by creating a collaborative research environment accessible to AFRL, business, and academia. The goal is to foster research leading to new solutions in information sciences and spinning out new business opportunities, locally and nationally.

Website: https://www.griffissinstitute.org

Doolittle Institute

The Doolittle Institute’s mission is modeled after the rapid innovation and problem solving necessary to modify and deploy B-25 bombers from aircraft carriers at the onset of World War II, in what has become known as the Doolittle Raid. Today, the Doolittle Institute, through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement, provides Technology Transfer, innovation and collaboration and workforce development solutions for the AFRL Munitions Directorate. The Doolittle Institute delivers an adjunct workforce team trained in technology commercialization to guide and assist technology transfer for the AFRL Munitions Directorate. As a PIA, the Doolittle

Institute provides expertise and experience that is often difficult for a federal laboratory to attract and recruit. Its Technology Transfer team has brings experience as entrepreneurs, engineers, business managers and leaders.

Website: https://doolittleinstitute.org


The Doolittle Institute dba DEFENSEWERX (DWX) is headquartered in Niceville, Florida. DWX builds out and staffs innovation hubs located across the U.S. Their current hubs include Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida, SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida, AFWERX in Las Vegas, Nevada, and MGMWERX in Montgomery, Alabama. DWX provides Technology Transfer, Innovation and Collaboration, Prototyping and Workforce Development/STEM Outreach.

Website: https://defensewerx.org


SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command. Located in Tampa, Florida, SOFWERX has a very dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants.

Website: https://www.sofwerx.org/


Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation.

Website: http://afwerxdc.org/afwerx-vegas/


Air University has long been considered the leadership-development center for the Air Force, and it continues its 72-year-long legacy with a new joint venture, named MGMWERX, in collaboration with the City of Montgomery, Montgomery County and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, in Alabama to encourage innovation.

Website: https://mgmwerx.org/


The Center for Technology Research and Commercialization promotes cooperative activities between the United States Air Force Academy and Intermediary which aid in executing the mission of Air Force CyberWorx, and in developing T3 opportunities and processes as well as identifying small businesses or educational institutions that need or can make demonstrably productive use of technology-related assistance from a federal laboratory.

Website: https://c-trac.org/

Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners will aid in gaining exposure of the United States Air Force Academy research activities in the local community and subsequently, advise on T3 opportunities with small business firms, institutions of higher education and educational institutions. RMIP will advise on developing a robust T3 program and may assist with “marketing” activities which showcase research at the Academy. The partnership seeks to achieve this mission by implementing a broad based program to enhance the quality and scope of Intellectual Property that is developed and transformed into commercially viable products, by supporting licensing opportunities through creation of an innovative T3 office, and by dentifying joint research activities whereby outside organizations may have opportunities to conduct joint research. Shorter term objectives will address a series of community-focused events to be held at the Academy for the purpose of attracting new start-ups, entrepreneurs, higher-education, and other industry to engage with the Academy to license existing intellectual property, to collaborate, and to purchase testing services.

Website: http://www.rmipartners.org/

Cyber Innovation Center

The Cyber Innovation Center/National Cyber Research Park is designed to create a knowledge-based workforce and diversify the region’s economic base by promoting research, education, and technological innovation and fostering collaborative and strategic alliances between governmental agencies, private industry, and academic institutions.

Website: https://cyberinnovationcenter.org/

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