What We Are Creating

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We assist government-sponsored scholars and entrepreneurs in their efforts to successfully launch products to the marketplace. We do this by generating core references and resources through various development projects.

We conduct 3 different development projects which are expected to generate core resources for Grantees. These development projects impart knowledge to Grantees through 3 techniques; showing, doing and teaching.

3 Types of Development Studies

  • Showing — 3 Variants of the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model 
    Effective project management spans planning, implementation, monitoring and delivery elements, all of which benefit from frameworks containing models, methods and metrics. We are creating frameworks tailored to different intended project outcomes.
  • Doing — Participatory Observer Project
    Scholars and entrepreneurs typically lack the experience of senior project managers. Expertise includes much tacit knowledge that is only revealed during practice. We broker partnerships that help the novices learn, while allowing them to contribute their specific expertise in turn.
  • Teaching — Technology Transfer Planning Template
    Resource materials and expert examples are helpful, but in the end each new project presents unique challenges to managers. Thus, project managers need the capability to query and apply the support materials in real time for planning, implementation, delivery and assessment purposes. We are building a tool with those dynamic capabilities.

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The original Commercial Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model contains all of the activities and decisions necessary to generate technology-based products for the commercial marketplace, under 3 phases: Research, Development & Production.
KT4TT continues our record of increasing NIDILRR Grantee’s success in Technology Transfer (TT) by engaging them in collaborative product development partnerships with the express intent of delivering products to the marketplace. This project incorporates a process of learning via participatory demonstration showing NIDILRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) and Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grantees the value of subordinating personal interests to the shared goal of commercialization.
Early stage planning for technology transfer and commercialization can dramatically improve the chances of a product or service succeeding in the marketplace. But, planning takes time and know-how to be effective.