National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight CenterGoddard Space Flight Center

Mission & Programs

explore-iconPeople all over the country use NASA technologies every day without even realizing it. From household products such as hair straighteners and temper foam mattresses to life-saving products such as baby formula and heart pumps, NASA’s innovations make measurable impacts here on Earth.

It takes an enormous amount of hard work, collaboration, and creative thinking to bring these technologies to the marketplace, and it happens through a process called technology transfer. Without it, federal and academic labs would not be able to share their innovations for public benefit.

The Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center helps facilitate and promote the transfer of Goddard technology to the private sector. SPO’s technology managers work with a wide breadth of professionals to accomplish this goal – from external scientists and engineers to attorneys and entrepreneurs, SPO staff members foster relationships in pursuit of agreements that benefit all involved.

Two other responsibilities fall under SPO’s umbrella: the SBIR/STTR program and partnerships.

NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs “fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs.” The competitive program provides seed funding to small businesses and research institution partners. Members of SPO’s SBIR/STTR team help manage solicitations and awards related to these research and development contracts.

Finally, SPO staff coordinate partnerships primarily through Space Act Agreements. These unique-to-NASA partnership opportunities allow Goddard and entities outside of NASA to team up on topics of mutual interest.

ITPO Connecting Links Between NASA & Industry

Program How SPO Works with
Internal Inventors
How SPO Works With
External Partners
Technology Transfer
  • Harvest inventions
  • Secure intellectual property (IP) protection
  • Market inventions
  • Facilitate agreements with industry
  • Provide access to invention portfolio
  • Communicate IP protection status
  • Highlight technologies available for licensing
  • Facilitate agreements with NASA
  • Harvest R&D need topics
  • Facilitate awards & project management
  • Announce SBIR/STTR opportunities
  • Facilitate project management
  • Brainstorm needs with researchers
  • Market to target parties
  • Facilitate partnership with industry
  • Make external parties aware of collaborative opportunities
  • Aid interactions with inventors
  • Facilitate partnership with NASA