Learn about the EPA's Federal Technology Transfer Act Program
EPA seeks opportunities to transfer federal technologies into the marketplace, and collaborate on environmental research and development projects with outside partners. These partners include:
- Trade associations
- State and local agencies
- International companies and governments
The Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) (15 USC 3710) provides a vehicle to share Agency knowledge and expertise with outside partners through collaborative agreements and licensing.
Potential partners can take advantage of opportunities to create or further develop solutions to environmental problems. Through these collaborations both EPA and its partners can:
- Expand research capabilities.
- Accelerate research results.
- Share resources.
- Stimulate new business and economic development.
- Enhance U.S. economy in efforts to protect human health and the environment.
The alliance that is formed through the FTTA program:
- Supports and improves U.S. competitive positions worldwide.
- Helps remove barriers to collaboration.
- Encourages cooperative research and development with the goal of commercialization.
There are two main components of EPA’s FTTA Program:
- Research Collaboration: Collaborations between outside parties and EPA scientists on research and development projects.
- Licensing Patented EPA Technologies: Businesses can license patented EPA technologies for further development and sale in the marketplace.
The Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy ("The Green Book") (PDF)(138 pp, 1 MB, About PDF) developed by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, provides specific language regarding FTTA and related legislation.