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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

MilTech, Montana State University

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MilTech is a national Partnership Intermediary in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). As a Partnership Intermediary, MilTech works across the Department of Defense (DoD) to facilitate technology transition and commercialization activities. MilTech is also the only university-based mentor in the Air Force Mentor Protégé Program.

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Since 2004, MilTech has completed hundreds of projects across all four Services, OSD, and Joint and Special programs, assisting with the transition of innovative technology into DoD programs.

MilTech’s core competencies include information research and analysis, technology scouting, design, design review and engineering samples, manufacturing expertise, process improvement and process management. These areas of focus allow MilTech to assist our government partners across a variety of technology areas to improve efficiencies and reduce costs while driving technology forward.

MilTech supports government customers by working with industry partners/subject matter experts to identify the best solution(s). To learn more, visit the link below.


TechLink, Montana State University

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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.



Air Force Partnership Intermediaries

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)

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The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise in a way that moves defense technology from discovery to reality. APEX connects academic innovators with the Department of the Air Force and industry and eliminates barriers in accelerating the transition of science and technology solutions into transformational U.S. Air Force operational capabilities.

APEX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the Department of the Air Force and Parallax Advanced Research. The APEX mission supports the United States Air Force Science & Technology 2030 Strategy.


Basic Research Innovation Collaboration Center (BRICC)

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Powered by VT-ARC, the Basic Research Innovation Collaboration Center (BRICC) provides collaborative environments and data analytic services that support AFOSR’s mission to discover, shape, and champion basic research that profoundly impacts the future Air Force. The BRICC specializes in data-driven approaches to quantitatively assess global S&T communities, research and technology trends, and innovation capacity. Our data analytics provide strategies and insights that empower AFOSR’s collaborative discovery, technology transition and technology transfer (T2), and workforce development. The BRICC aims to foster outreach, collaboration, and strategic partnerships across government, academia, and industry.


Catalyst Campus

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Catalyst Campus is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, workforce training, entrepreneurs, startups and venture capital intersect with Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry to create community, spark innovation and stimulate business growth. CCTI’s PIA supports the Air Force and Space Force with accelerator programs for nontraditional companies to utilize for mentorship and training. The end goal is to boost the growth of relevant technologies and quickly determine which are self-sustainable in a market-driven economy. In addition, CCTI supports the Space Force with an industry-led, collaborative facility where small businesses, universities, and other non-federal entities can demonstrate capabilities and receive feedback from prospective Government and commercial customers.


Cyber Innovation Center

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The AFGSC-Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) is represented in the Collaborative Environment and STRIKEWERX.


Doolittle Institute

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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 and Transition, 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 team brings experience as entrepreneurs, engineers, veterans, business managers, and industry leaders.




Explora is an innovative experiential learning center located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque Explora supports AFRL in New Mexico with STEM learning programs for future science leaders, and with STEM professional development programs for teachers.


The Griffiss Institute

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The Griffiss Institute delivers a responsive and flexible business environment to enable the collaboration of international/domestic industry and academia with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate. This business environment enhances the facilitation of research that leads to new solutions in information sciences, spinning out new business opportunities and providing a dynamic environment enabling the advancement of the future scientific and engineering workforce. Through the Innovare Advancement Center, the Griffiss Institute built a magnetic ecosystem in which the world’s leading scientific and entrepreneurial talent, tackle the country’s greatest challenges to national security and economic competitiveness.




MGMWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between DEFENSEWERX and the Air Force Research Laboratory to align with the education initiatives of Air University. MGMWERX augments Air University programs to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force. Through MGMWERX, Air University students are exposed to a broad cross-section of industry, academia, as well as non-traditional commercial partners, to be better prepared to deal with an uncertain future.




The New Mexico Trade Alliance develops, plans and executes several innovative programs and initiatives to assist AFRL-NM with its technology transfer objectives to form and maintain productive technology and collaborative partnerships with small business, industry, academia and the greater tech community.




New Mexico Tech is a research- and teaching-oriented university focused on science and engineering. New Mexico Tech has a PIA with AFRL in New Mexico to support tech transfer, innovation, and workforce development programs for the Air Force and Space Force. New Mexico Tech also has a separate PIA with AFRL for K-12 STEM, with the goal of increasing the number of qualified candidates for STEM-related careers, and an emphasis on increasing the diversity of applicants ready to enter the STEM workforce.


NewSpace New Mexico

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NewSpace New Mexico is a 501 (c3) non-profit that is accelerating the pace of space innovation by uniting and igniting the industry. Through Unite & Ignite Space, a first-of-its-kind newspace co-innovation hub, Partnership Intermediary Agreement with AFRL, stakeholders gain access to collaborative workspaces, programming, resources, and services that provide a more direct route to greater profitability. With three acceleration paths to choose from, innovators at small to large companies can develop and commercialize their products and solutions faster in a collaborative environment that increases market impact.




NYSTEC is an independent technology consulting company based in Rome, New York, with offices in Albany and New York City. We have a deep understanding of the industries in which our clients work, including healthcare, public safety/first responders, education, and intelligent infrastructure. Our cross-industry service offerings include privacy and security, business transformation, data management, digital learning, network engineering and support, management and quality, and technology acquisition.

One of our primary goals is to help foster an innovation ecosystem across the state and beyond. We empower technology leaders and visionary thinkers by leveraging our statewide network to facilitate connections among entrepreneurs, academic organizations, and government agencies.

As an Air Force Partnership Intermediary, we perform services for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) that advance critical technology by connecting industry partners with the research community. We are committed to serving as an outreach arm by creating awareness of Air Force T3 opportunities in New York State and across the nation.


RTI Innovation Advisors

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RTI Innovation Advisors is a business unit of RTI International (RTI), an independent nonprofit research institute that was founded in 1958 with support from North Carolina government, education, and business leaders. Today, RTI is a leading applied research organization with over 5,700 employees across 25 locations worldwide, making it one of the largest current Partnership Intermediaries. RTI’s government innovation support dates to the 1960’s, when NASA contracted RTI to support its technology transfer efforts. Leveraging its extensive government innovation experience and global networks, RTI assists government agencies by actively marketing federally-funded technologies and IP to find partners to license and commercialize inventions; training aspiring entrepreneurs and researchers on start-up methodologies to identify and pitch their innovations to investors; evaluating regional innovation ecosystems and identifying best practices to spur growth; and hosting events to showcase technologies and accelerate technology transfer and commercialization efforts.


Wright Brothers Institute

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Founded in 2002, Wright Brothers Institute has been setting the bar with a proven track record in innovation; from early problem exploration to final end-user application. We specialize in innovation, commercialization, and collaboration to reduce the risks associated with technology development and accelerate game-changing capability to the warfighter.


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