As the Navy's corporate laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) draws on the powerful resources of a combination of scientific expertise and modern facilities. It is the mission of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to facilitate the implementation of the NRL's innovative technologies in products and services to benefit the public. To carry out this mission, TTO engages with commercial entities to develop strategic partnerships building a collaborative bridge between government and industry.
There are two primary mechanisms by which the NRL TTO transfers its technologies to the public sector: Patent License Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).
NRL has an extensive portfolio of patents covering important technological developments in a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines. NRL is authorized by the Navy to negotiate licenses for the commercial use of NRL's patented technologies. To learn more about NRL's patent licensing program, go to Licenses.
Under the scope of a CRADA, NRL scientists work with non-Federal parties on research and development projects of mutual interest and benefit. Often, such an effort precedes a Patent Licensing Agreement to implement NRL's patented technologies in a particular commercial product or service. To learn more about CRADAs with NRL, go to CRADAs.
Learn more about the laboratory by downloading the NRL Fact Book. Learn how NRL technologies are commercialized or how your business can benefit from collaboration with some of the world's most respected scientists by exploring the NRL Technology Transfer Office website or contact the TTO. You can also stay up to date on what is going on at NRL by subscribing to NRL's newsletter.