Saturday, December 17, 2011

Industry, national laboratories in DOE tap initiative of bureaucratic overhead

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the December 8, DOE announced a new pilot initiative to reduce the barriers that prevent that innovative companies work with the DOE national laboratories. The new arrangements for commercialization technology (ACT) initiative helps more quickly bring to market companies, job creation technologies, by allowing them work with laboratories from beginning to end, development and deployment of new clean energy technologies and other innovations. In January to announce selected DOE Laboratories to participate in the pilot project.

The ACT initiative catapulted removed obstacles for businesses and start-up companies interested in access to the research, facilities and scientists at national laboratories, innovative new products to market. Laboratories have DOE's a long tradition of cooperation with companies and universities for scientific research and technology development efforts, which have generated much progress, brought new businesses and supports the creation of new industries and jobs. The ACT framework connects to other current DOE legal mechanisms for cooperation with national laboratories, including work on other program and cooperative research and development agreements.

Addressing input from the industry based on their experience in dealing with national laboratories, authorized one ACT to facilitate the intellectual property rights always technology from the laboratory to the market more flexible framework for negotiations on. It allows also contractors operating laboratories with businesses using terms that are better aligned with industry practice to attract more private investment. ACT allows laboratories to participate in groups formed to complex technological challenges that are of common interest. For the ACT initiative, see the DOE press release (copyright) and a list of frequently asked questions.

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