Just in fiscal 2018, TechLink, based at Montana State University, facilitated 91 technology license agreements across the Department of Defense (DoD) , including 48 from the Air Force, 28 from the Navy and 15 from the Army.
TechLink currently has 221 DOD technologies available for express licensing, 63 of which belong to the Air Force. The number of Air Force technologies available via express licensing is expected to exceed 100 in early 2019.
Through the Department of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, small businesses have the opportunity to address exciting and often unexpected naval needs in more than 30 science and technology areas.
"This program helps entrepreneurs and small tech companies compete for vital early-stage seed capital for innovative technologies with commercial potential," said Will Swearingen, executive director of TechLink. "Simply put, this grant will help us grow Montana’s technology sector."
The agency said the new money would fund projects on top of the more than 20 active programs exploring cutting-edge applications of AI, including in cybersecurity; the detection of AI-created fake audio or video; and in "human-computer symbiosis" programs targeting the interaction between people and machines.