A significant obstacle to the successful transfer of laboratory
technology to the public sector is the lack of funding for proof-of- concept
and validation studies. The strategic objective of the TM fund is to
overcome this barrier by providing funding assistance to BNL inventors in
the early stages of validating nascent technologies. With this objective in
mind, the selection of proposals for funding will be based on IP assessment,
market and business risk assessment and potential for technology transfer.
The following factors comprise the major threshold evaluation criteria which
will be taken into consideration as part of the proposal review process:
- IP position
- IP landscape
- Type and strength of patent claims
Market and Business Risk
- Significance of market need and opportunity
- A relatively clear path to a commercially viable
- Whether, and the extent to which, the technology in
question offers a competitive advantage over currently
available and competing technologies.
- Probability that TM funding will result in additional
funding from industry and/or technology transfer.
- Quality of the proposed work.
- Technical feasibility and risk of the project and/or
- Probability of achieving project goals within the
proposed budget. P
- roposed technical milestones and clarity and focus of
the research objectives toward commercialization.
Please be aware, the TM awards will not be made to
substitute for, or increase funding for any tasks for which Congress or the
DOE has established a specific limitation, or for any specific tasks that
are funded by DOE or other users of the Laboratory. The TM program will not
- Construction line-item projects, in whole or in part;
- Construction design beyond the preliminary phase (e.g.,
conceptual design, Title I design work, or any similar or
more advanced effort may not be supported);
- Capital equipment expenditures.