This report examines all aspects of domestic technology transfer in the United States. The introduction provides a perspective on meanings of technology transfer, its importance to the economic development of the United States, and legislative initiatives concerning the process.
The overview of federal support for research and development (R&D) describes the prominent agencies and cross-cutting organizations principally involved in technology transfer and their programs and information systems. Most federal R&D programs produce technical documentation and publications, some of which are also provided in printed form to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). These same agencies are cooperating with the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) to consolidate the information systems resources in electronic format to make them readily accessible to business and industry.