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NIST Technology Transfer


NIST owns inventions that require additional research and innovation to advance the technologies to a commercial product or service. The goal of this SBIR subtopic is for small businesses to advance NIST-owned inventions to the marketplace. The Technology Partnerships Office at NIST will provide the awardee with a royalty-free research license for the duration of the SBIR award. When the technology is ready for commercialization, a commercialization license will be negotiated with the awardee.

Applications may be submitted for the development of any NIST-owned invention that is covered by a pending U.S. patent application or by an issued patent. Available NIST-owned inventions can be found on the NISTTech website at and are identified as “available for licensing” under the heading “Status of Availability.” Some available technologies are described as only being available non-exclusively, meaning that other commercialization licenses may currently exist. More information about licensing NIST’s inventions is available at

The technical portion of an application should include a technical description of the research that will be undertaken. Included in this technical portion of the application, the applicant should provide a brief description of a development plan to manufacture the commercial product or to develop a commercial service using the NIST-owned invention. The absence of this development plan will result in the application being less competitive.


Phase I expected results:
Develop a feasibility study that examines expectations of the research to produce a commercial product.


Phase II expected results:
Provide further R&D that leads to demonstrated practical application and advancement toward a commercial product.



NIST staff may be available for consultation and collaboration.

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