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Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT)

By SpaceRef Editor
June 8, 2005
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Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT)

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Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNT06ESMD-TTT
Posted Date: May 02, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 02, 2005
Original Response Date: May 16, 2005
Current Response Date: Jun 17, 2005
Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services
NAICS Code: 541990 – All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services


NASA’s Technology Transfer (TT) program responsibilities were set forth in the enabling legislation under which NASA was created in 1958, and augmented by subsequent acts. Responsibilities of technology transfer include transfer of technologies from the Agency, called Diffusion or “Spin-Out”, and the transfer of needed technologies into the Agency’s programs and missions, called Infusion or “Spin-In”.

The Technology Transfer program is an element of the Innovative Partnerships Program Office (IPPO). The mission of the Technology Transfer program is to develop partnerships which advance NASA’s mission goals. These partnerships engage industry, other Government laboratories and academia. The intent of these partnerships is to (1) obtain needed technologies for NASA missions and programs, and (2) make available to American industry those technologies developed and/or owned by NASA. The latter intent is met through collaboration with NASA’ Office of General Counsel. Through this collaboration, the program collects and manages the Agency’s newly developed technologies, assesses them for Intellectual Property protection, and then makes them available to the nation’s commercial and industrial sectors.

This Statement of Work (SOW) addresses an approved program need for a single centrally managed support services function, accessible to the ten NASA field centers. Additional details on the program can be found at

Overarching Principles

  • The program will function under centralized leadership and management with localized implementation and operations.
  • Center roles and functions are defined through formal task agreements between Headquarters and Field Centers; the task agreements constitute the Centers’ annual project plans.
  • The program will be performance driven and results oriented, with well-defined core functions and with flexibility to permit expansion and alteration of roles and functions in order to encourage innovation.
  • The program will have standardized processes, products, performance measures, and approaches to program execution.
  • There will be well-defined and easily accessible points of entry to the Agency’s technology transfer program, as well as for access to available technologies, at NASA Headquarters, at each of the ten Field Centers and through an on-line technology portal.
  • The program will utilize a central contractor to provide access to relevant technology sectors by an efficient and cost-effective means.


The intent of this SOW is to define requirements for the Contractor to:

  • Develop and disseminate information about NASA-owned technologies which are available for technology transfer and information regarding partnership opportunities that address critical mission technology needs;
  • Identify and qualify partners that allow NASA to acquire needed technologies for NASA’s missions and programs from the global technology community, industry, academia and the Federal laboratories;
  • Identify and qualify partners to commercialize NASA technologies;
  • Support the development of technology transfer partnerships by conducting due diligence on prospective partners, commercial viability assessments and other defined services incidental to partnership development and management;
  • Assess commercial potential of NASA Intellectual Property (IP), recommend disposition, and provide incidental services for IP capture and management;
  • Produce materials for NASA’s IPPO outreach activities and conduct outreach activities.
  • Serve as the secretariat for the NASA Technology Transfer Program and for each of the ten NASA Field Centers.

Point of Contact

Christopher D Stock, Contract Specialist, Phone (202) 358-2371, Fax (202) 358-3342, Email

Email your questions to Christopher D Stock at

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