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Commercializing Innovative Technologies 

Partnerships Office

We serve NOAA and the U.S. economy by transferring NOAA’s scientific and technological innovations to commercial applications, facilitating strategic public-private partnerships, and investing in small business research and development related to NOAA’s mission areas.

About Us

We focus on successful commercialization of innovative technologies in support of a strong and resilient U.S. economy.

The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) manages two unique and varied programs, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Technology Transfer Program. The common thread between the two programs is the successful commercialization of innovative technologies in support of a strong and resilient U.S. economy.

Small Business
Innovation Research

NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program funds innovative small business proposals for the development of technology, products, and services related to NOAA’s mission with excellent commercial potential. Visit our SBIR pages to learn more!

Technology Transfer

NOAA’s innovative scientists and engineers often develop new technologies, many of which are available here for public use and benefit. Check our Technology Transfer section for new opportunities.

Public-Private Partnerships

Partnerships are essential to NOAA accomplishing its mission. Learn more about our partnerships opportunities by visiting our ‘Partner with NOAA’ pages.

Featured News Stories

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory: 50 years of innovative research in oceanography

Recently, NOAA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, a world leader in oceanographic research and the development of innovative instrumentation and measurement strategies for monitoring and observing ocean conditions at global scales. This special issue of Oceanography Magazine celebrates this milestone, and includes stories on Saildrone (pg 70), DART (pg 186), and MAPR (pg 212) which connect directly to the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office.

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Michael Kruk with American flag

Michael Kruk joins NOAA TPO as Deputy Director

Michael (Mike) Kruk has joined the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office as the new Deputy Director. Mike previously served as the Chief of the Coastal Science Branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) within the Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics Science (COGS) division. In his new role as Deputy Director, Mike is responsible for leading the execution of the strategic direction of TPO and overseeing the efficient functioning of the office.

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