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Requirements
NPR 7500.2
Effective Date: December 19, 2014
Expiration Date: December 19, 2020
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY FOR NASA EMPLOYEES
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Subject: NASA Technology Transfer Requirements

Responsible Office: Space Technology Mission Directorate


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NPR7500.2

Chapter 3: Documenting NASA-Developed Technology

3.1 Overview of NASA-Developed Technology

What qualifies as a new NASA-developed innovation is very broad. It includes any invention, discovery, improvement, or innovation that was made in the performance of NASA work. This includes any new and useful processes, machines, manufacture, or composition of matter; or any new and useful improvement in existing processes, machines, manufacture, or compositions of matter, whether or not patentable. Also included are new computer programs, and improvements to, or new applications of, existing computer programs, whether or not copyrightable. A representative list of new innovations includes, but is not limited to: new or improved techniques, products, devices, materials, methods, processes, chemical compositions, systems, machines, apparatuses, articles, fixtures, tools, or software. With such a broad definition, new innovations can come from almost any type of NASA activity. In addition, new innovations may occur at a system, subsystem, or component level. The development of a "system" or overall "technology area" could, therefore, yield numerous innovations. Each contract, grant or agreement defines what is a reportable subject innovation and/or item.

3.2 Engagement with NASA Community to Support Technology Reporting

3.2.1 NASA program managers, project managers, and innovators shall engage the technology transfer process at all stages of technology development, ensuring that technology transfer is considered at the earliest phases of program and project formulation and acquisition planning. This is ultimately achieved by ensuring that new innovations being developed by projects at a Center are brought to the attention of the Center Technology Transfer Officer on a timely and consistent basis.

3.2.2 To the extent feasible, the Center Technology Transfer Officer shall ensure awareness at their Center that new innovations (including software) are reported. Requirements:

a. Reporting is required of NASA employees by NPD 2091.1B;

b. Recipients of NASA contracts, grants or cooperative agreements shall report new innovations by the terms of their award.

c. Reporting shall be done prior to public disclosure, publication, or presentation, allowing the Center's Patent Counsel to file a patent application prior to possible statutory bars being set which may preclude patent protection.

3.2.3 Benefits of reporting new innovations are:

a. Reporting new innovations allows the Center's Intellectual Property Counsel to determine ownership and whether intellectual property protection is appropriate and/or available;

b. Identification of a new innovation can result in benefits to the U.S. economy and to NASA;

c. Identification of a new innovation may provide professional recognition;

d. Reporting provides the possibility for monetary incentive awards for the innovators; and

e. Increased visibility and utility for the innovation can come from publication in NASA Tech Briefs.

3.2.4 While reporting new innovations is the responsibility of every employee of NASA, the Center Technology Transfer Officer should strive to have in place mechanisms to ensure that new innovations are reported fully and in a timely manner, to promote successful technology transfer to the greatest extent possible. Mechanisms might include, but are not limited to:

a. Review of documents to be published to determine if new technology was created in the course of the work described, in parallel with requirements of NPD 2200.1.

b. Engagement with the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) to ensure that all new technology is reported before a contract, cooperative agreement or grant is closed.

c. Recognition and awards for New Technology Reports (see below) and patents.

d. Routine educational outreach and training sessions for technical staff, New Technology Representatives, CORs and program and project managers.

3.3 New Technology Reports (NTRs)

3.3.1 In order to facilitate and minimize the burden of reporting, NASA has developed an electronic New Technology Reporting (e-NTR) capability. e-NTR (http:// ntr.ndc.nasa.gov) provides desktop and Web-based tools which allow the innovator to prepare and work on the New Technology Report locally and, when ready, the NTR is electronically submitted to a Center's New Technology Representative, who will in turn ensure that it is complete and entered into the NASA Technology Transfer System (NTTS). 3.3.2 Although the electronic filing is the preferred submission method, new innovations can also be reported with a form. NASA Form (NF) 1679, is the preferred form. However, NASA Partners may use their own invention disclosure forms as long as the form provides information equivalent to that requested in NF 1679. NASA contractors, grantees, and recipients can submit NF 1679 or other appropriate reporting forms to the NASA New Technology Representative named in the contract, grant, or cooperative agreement. 3.3.3 In reporting new innovations, identify only those people who have made a direct and unique contribution to the conception of the innovation. To be a joint inventor, one should have contributed to the conception of the claimed invention. 3.3.4 New innovations (including software) shall be reported by: a. Civil servants during the course of their work, as soon as they realize they may have developed a new innovation and before public disclosure. b. Large business commercial firms awarded NASA contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements, to the extent required in the New Technology Clause in award. The New Technology Representative, in accordance with NFS 1852.227-72, is responsible for ensuring that New Technology reporting requirements are being met according to the terms of the contract. c. Small business, nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities awarded NASA procurement contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements to the extent required in the Patent Rights Clause in the contract, grant, or cooperative agreement. The New Technology Representative, in accordance with NFS 1852.227-72 is responsible for ensuring that New Technology reporting requirements are being met according to the terms of the contract. d. Other NASA Partners, if required by the subject agreement. 3.3.5 Appendix B further describes the requirements associated with NASA's New Technology Reporting.

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