HQ0287RET2RFI – Sources Sought – Request for Information for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) assessing transition of Department of Defense-originated dual-use technology

Aug 7, 2020 | Sources Sought

The Department of Defense maintains a domestic technology transition (T2) program to make the best possible use of national scientific and technical capabilities to enhance the effectiveness of DoD forces and systems, as well as support the economic security of the nation. T2 policy is implemented by DoD Directive 5535.03 and DoD Instruction 5535.8.  T2 serves to support a strong industrial base that the Department of Defense may utilize to supply DoD needs. That policy promotes domestic T2 through a variety of activities, such as intellectual property (IP), CRADAs, licensing, education partnerships, State and local government partnerships, exchange of personnel, presentation of technical papers, and other ongoing DoD activities.

The most recent conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (H. Rept 116-333) called for a review and assessment of the DoD’s (including DARPA) contracting and intellectual property management policies and their effects on the commercialization of and innovation in dual-use technology, including a review encompassing areas identified in the attchment.

This RFI seeks to identify entities capable of conducting this assessment from among colleges and universities with business or law schools with economics and intellectual property expertise, as well as areas in need of clarification in order for eligible performers to adequately answer the components of the request. The focus of this market research is to examine contracting and intellectual property management policies of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and defense laboratories, as well as their effects on the commercialization of and innovation in dual-use technology.

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