The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office, or TPO, serves the needs of both NOAA inventors and U.S. companies looking to partner with NOAA or license our technologies. Located in Silver Spring, MD, the NOAA TPO oversees both NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Technology Transfer Program. The Technology Partnerships Office also provides specific technical and communication/outreach services to all NOAA labs. This site provides answers to commonly asked questions from staff and the public, as well as resources to make the process of locating NOAA's latest, most innovative technologies and partnering opportunities as easy as possible. If you cannot find answers to your questions on the site, please contact a member of our staff between 9 am and 5 pm Eastern
NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research Program
NOAA's SBIR Program is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
NOAA's Technology Transfer Program
NOAA's Tech Transfer Program provides a wide range of services to support NOAA's scientists and engineers, including: management and monitoring of NOAA's portfolio of inventions; support and advice with intellectual property issues; support for patent preparation, prosecution, and license negotiations; and marketing and outreach on behalf of NOAA's technologies, labs, and innovators.