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Technology Transfer

Through collaboration with industry partners, INL's Technology Deployment office makes available to American agencies and international organizations unique facilities and expertise. Whether the technology relates to innovative solutions to nuclear energy or improving our national security capabilities, Technology Transfer provides essential partnering mechanisms no matter what stage the technology is in.

Like all other federal laboratories, INL has a statutory, technology transfer mission to make its capabilities and technologies available to all federal agencies, to state and local governments, and to universities and industry. To fulfill this mission, INL encourages its scientific, engineering and technical staff to disclose new inventions and creations to ensure the resulting intellectual property is captured, protected and made available to others who might benefit from it.

As part of the mission, intellectual property is licensed to industrial partners for commercialization, creating jobs and delivering the benefits of federally funded technology to consumers. In other cases, unique capabilities are made available to other federal agencies or to regional small businesses to solve specific technical challenges.

Throughout its history of successful industrial partnership, INL has been leveraging its unique technical resources available through industrial partnerships. INL uses a variety of flexible partnership mechanisms to advance technology development and to establish industrial partnerships that in turn benefit INL, DOE and the partner. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased technical breadth and depth of laboratory staff available to national missions;
  • Leveraged federal research, development and demonstration;
  • Reduced costs to taxpayers by using funding from other sources; and
  • Enhanced competitiveness for U.S. companies.

Some of our most recent accomplishments are found in the FY 2013 Annual Report.

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Available Technologies

Licensing Opportunities

INL contractor-owned inventions are available for licensing and commercialization by U.S. and foreign companies and organizations.

Partnering Mechanisms

Bridging the gap between research and development

INL uses a variety of flexible partnership mechanisms to advance technology development and establish industrial relationships, and deploy technologies.

Technologies Available for Licensing
Startup America

"Startup America" is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

Tech-Based Economic Development

INL can provide assistance for technology-based start up companies.

Technical Assistance Program

Seeking Lab Expertise?

Could your business use technical assistance from knowledgeable engineers and scientists? Get up to five days of free technical help each year from experts at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Inventors Hall of Fame

Rewarding Creative Performance

INL rewards creative performance and recognizes inventors who accrue 5, 10, 15 and 20 U.S. patented inventions.

Technology Partnership Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is a neutral person who can help resolve concerns related to any activities managed by the Technology Deployment Office in an informal, confidential, and impartial manner.

Department of energy

DOE Office of Nuclear Energy
DOE-Idaho Office
Battelle