Office of Technology Transitions

The Office of Technology Transitions maintains this site as an entry point for users who are interested in working with the Department of Energy and its laboratories to advance cutting-edge R&D results and deliver economic value or address key National missions.

The links on this page will direct you to the Points of Contact for working with the DOE Laboratories and their Facilities, as well as DOE Research Facilities, Industrial Consortia, DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Advanced Projects Research Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

In addition, you will find documentation on policies and procedures, reports, and links to external sources of information.

DOE's National Laboratories and other Facilities play a major role in DOE's mission to contribute to US economic security. In 2013 they participated in over 3000 contracts with the private sector, including more than 600 with small businesses, and have supported 40 start-up companies. The high quality of the commercialization activities is recognized annually through the R&D 100 awards, with the DOE Facilities having received 185 of the 500 awards over the past 5 years.

The Laboratories have a sustained record of producing invention disclosures and patent awards, with over 1500 disclosures and over 700 patents issued in 2013.  Licensing these technologies to external partners is an important component of DOE’s technology transfer activity. 

The links below will help you learn about the portfolio of patents and license opportunities available from DOE's Laboratories.  The Innovation Portal allows you to search by topic or laboratory, and includes contact information to the technical teams responsible for many of the patents.

DOE's patent portfolio can be easily searched through these two tools:

Energy Innovation Portal - Visual Patent Search screen shotThe Energy Innovation Portal's Visual Patent Search tool is designed to provide a facilitated search of the patent content contained in the Energy Innovation Portal. The patent content on the Portal contains published US patent applications and issued US patents created using Department of Energy funding.


DOEpatent logoDOEpatents, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), is a searchable database of patent information resulting from DOE-sponsored research and development (R&D). Included here are patents that DOE sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

DOE-Public-Private-Constoria_thumb.jpgDOE Public-Private Consortia serve important roles in commercializing new energy technologies. Consortia enable joint pre-competitive research on platform technologies and leave participants free to build on the shared information to create proprietary outcomes of commercial utility. DOE proactively manages consortia to maximize their impact and benefits to the overall goals of those projects. DOE solicited input from the leadership of several consortia. Included here is a summary intended to underscore the most important considerations and case studies summarizing their charters, operations, membership, successes, and lessons learned, as well as a table of "real world models" that outlines essential components and characteristics of consortia illustrating how different consortia organize to achieve these targets.

In order to better understand the needs and better serve the goals of its stakeholders across the public and private sectors, DOE issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding opportunities to enhance the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment activities. Stakeholders commented across a range of areas and activities, and the expertise they offered will assist OTT in drafting policies that improve and enhance the Department’s technology transition activities.