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Increasing the Impact of Public Investments in NOAA Science

The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) manages two unique and varied programs, the Small Business Innovation Research 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.  Both programs are mandated under federal law through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, the Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C 3710(a)), the Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (15 U.S.C 63 § 3701)

The NOAA TPO sits within the Office of Research, Transition, and Applications (ORTA) and functions as NOAA’s commercialization office.  The TPO is the NOAA focal point for research to commercial (R2C) transition activities and is an important component of NOAA’s public/private partnership activities.

TPO staff sit on the NOAA Line Office Transition Managers Committee and represent NOAA on a number of interagency groups addressing Small Business Innovation Research, Technology Transfer, and Lab to Market initiatives.


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TPO Main Office Email:  NOAA.TPO@noaa.gov

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TPO Mission Statement


Our mission is to promote increased us and commercialization of NOAA’s innovative technologies and knowledge by facilitating strategic partnerships and ensuring the rapid and cost-effective transfer of intellectual property from NOAA labs and programs to other federal agencies, academia, and the U.S. private sector.

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Our mission is to foster preeminent science and technological innovation through federal investments in research and development (R&D), partnerships or licensing opportunities at NOAA.