Mining the Federal Technology Ore Body

(Improve the flow of information and technology from Federal labs to industry)

A survey of the IRI membership on industry interaction with federal laboratories was co-sponsored with CIMS and supported by NSF. Results were reviewed in a Special Interest Session during the 1988 IRI Fall Meeting and published in RTM. Factors identified in successful interaction were person-to-person contact, existence of a transfer champion, establishment of proprietary rights, middle-management support, and flexibility of approach.