National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight CenterGoddard Space Flight Center

Mission & Programs

explore-iconThe Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) is a connector – forging innovative partnerships that link NASA researchers at Goddard Space Flight Center (internal inventors) with corporations, startups, universities, and other government agencies (external partners).  The SPO is responsible for three core program areas:


  • Technology Transfer:  Promoting the transfer of GSFC-developed technology to the private sector, including managing GSFC’s invention portfolio.
  • SBIR/STTR:  Managing the award of R&D contracts to small businesses and university partners consistent with the directives of the NASA-wide and GSFC-specific Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
  • Partnerships:  Facilitating creative collaborations between GSFC researchers and external parties for mutual benefit.
    ITPO Connecting Links Between NASA & Industry
Program How the SPO Works with
Internal Inventors
How the SPO Works With
External Partners
Technology Transfer
  • Harvest inventions
  • Secure intellectual property protection
  • Market inventions
  • Facilitate agreements with industry
  • Provide access to invention portfolio
  • Communicate IP protection status
  • Highlight technologies for license
  • Facilitate agreements with NASA
  • Harvest R&D need topics
  • Facilitate awards & project management
  • Announce SBIR/STTR opportunities
  • Facilitate project management
  • Brainstorm needs with researchers and downselect to topics for pursuit
  • Market to target parties
  • Facilitate partnership with industry
  • Make external parties aware of collaborative opportunities
  • Aid interactions with inventors
  • Facilitate partnership with NASA

Other SPO responsibilities include awards coordination, New Technology Summary Report (NTSR) processing, and inreach and outreach initiatives.