Maryland Signs Tech Transfer Agreement with Federal Agency

The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage tech transfer opportunities between the state and federal agencies.

Contact: Paul Kalomiris
Economic and Technology Policy Studies NGA Center for Best Practices

The agreement focuses on tech transfer by identifying:

* Federally funded NSA/CSS research results ready for industrial transfer.

* Technologies in the industrial sector that merit transfer to NSA/CSS.

* Technology-based business opportunities that are mutually beneficial to the state and federal agencies.

The agreement is an extension of the relationship between the agencies, which has included joint sponsorship of a 2001 technology showcase that attracted nearly 200 entrepreneurs, scientists and inventors. The agreement also is part of TEDCO’s Federal Lab Partnership Program, which creates awareness of technologies available in Maryland federal laboratories, improves Maryland companies’ technical skills, increases product development and prototyping for early-stage product development, and strengthens the state economy. The program allows companies to reduce costs of technical assistance from federal laboratories. Six federal labs in Maryland participate in this effort and agreements are in negotiation with two others.
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