|ARS continually looks for opportunities to partner with private sector businesses, other federal agencies, state and local governments, universities, and its customers. These partnerships are designed to augment research programs, expedite research results to the private sector, exchange information and knowledge, stimulate new business and economic development, enhance U.S. trade, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of life for all Americans.
Because of research and partnerships, a waste product is now something of value. Kenaf stalks are used to make paper, and ARS researchers found how to turn waste from the process into fertilizer and feed binder. Cooperative agreements with private firms helped this technology make the leap from laboratory to production.
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Tech Transfer Offices – Our Technology Transfer staff help move technologies resulting from our scientific research to the marketplace. Here you will find a list of staff members that can help you with your partnering needs.
Technologies By Subject – Contains a sorted subject list of ARS technologies that are available for licensing or further cooperative research development.
Licensing Information – You will find information on licensing regulations, how to apply for a license to federally-owned inventions, a generic license application (pdf format) and instructions.
Agreements– This site contains links to descriptions of the various types of partnering agreements that link government and industry researchers.
Technology Successes – Here you will find stories about some of our research and licensing partnerships that have lead to commercial successes.
Legislative Affairs – The ARS Legislative Affairs Office (LAO) coordinates the agency's legislative program, serves as the focal point for the exchange of information with the Congress, advises on the implementation of congressional directives, and provides the ARS leadership with information on congressional activities and legislation of interest or affecting the agency.