Prospective Case Study

Dan Conley, Michelle Lockett and Jen Flagg

Understanding Technology Transfer and Commercialization Success

The aim of this project is to identify the best practices NIDILRR technology Grantees utilize in the successful transfer of research and development (R&D) outputs to their intended stakeholders. These best practices will ultimately be documented and shared with all NIDILLR Grantees through the imminent Technology Transfer Planning Template as well as the NtK model.

We strive to reach this goal by working together with Grantees and systematically recording knowledge translation, technology transfer or commercialization activities as they are carried out. By directly tracing the chain of activities case by case, we will be able to deduce causal links and to map out the common steps that lead to successful transfers and commercialization.

The results from this study will be a generalized path to innovation which will benefit all NIDILRR technology Grantees seeking references to a structured framework for achieving socio-economic benefit through technological innovation.

The KT4TT Center is focused on assisting NIDILRR Grantees with their technology transfer endeavors. Participants in the Prospective Study will have the added benefit of our team’s full understanding of their development project which can help by:

  • Facilitating the planning and documentation of their project activities
  • Identifying potential barriers or threats to their project’s success
  • Offering a sounding board for all their Technology Transfer and Knowledge Translation issues
  • Increasing the chances of transferring their project outputs
  • Saving them time when completing Annual Performance Reports