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NPR 7500.2A
Effective Date: June 16, 2022
Expiration Date: June 16, 2027
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Subject: NASA Technology Transfer Requirements

Responsible Office: Space Technology Mission Directorate

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P.1 Purpose

This NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) document provides guidance for implementing the processes, requirements, and responsibilities for Agency technology transfer activities.

P.2 Applicability

a. This NPR applies to NASA Headquarters (HQ) and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities, Technical, and Service Support Centers.

b. This language applies to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), other contractors, recipients of grants, cooperative agreements, or other agreements only to the extent specified in its contract.

c. NASA HQ has overall responsibility for the Agency technology transfer activities as well as the local responsibility for technologies developed through HQ activities. Each NASA Center is responsible for conducting local technology transfer efforts in support of Agency-wide efforts, including use of common infrastructure and processes.

d. The technology transfer responsibilities in this policy set forth for programs and projects apply whether performed by recipients of NASA contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements to the extent as referenced or identified in the appropriate contracts, grants, or agreements.

e. In this NPR, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall." The terms "may" or "can" denote discretionary privilege or permission, "should" denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material.

f. In this NPR, all document citations are assumed to be the latest.

P.3 Authority

a. Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 - 15 U.S.C. § 3710 et seq., as amended, (P.L. 96-480).

b. Bayh-Dole Act (P.L. 96-517) - 35 U.S.C. § 200 et seq., as amended.

c. National Aeronautics and Space Act - 51 U.S.C § 20102.

d. National Aeronautics and Space Act - 51 U.S.C. § 20113.

e. Commercial Technology Transfer Program - 51 U.S.C. § 50116.

f. Patent Waiver Regulations -14 CFR § 1245.1.

g. Rights to Inventions Made by Nonprofit Organizations and Small Business Firms under Government Grants, Contracts, and Cooperative Agreements - 37 CFR § 401.

h. Licensing of Government Owned Inventions - 37 CFR § 404.

i. Uniform Patent Policy for Rights in Inventions Made by Government Employees - 37 CFR § 501.

j. NPD 1000.3 - The NASA Organization.

k. NPD 9680.1 - Use and Authority of the Grant and Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM).

l. NRRS 1441.1 - NASA Records Retention Schedules.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 - 35 U.S.C. § 200 et seq.

b. Domestic and Foreign Protection of Federally Owned Inventions - 35 U.S.C. § 207.

c. NPD 1050.7 - Authority to Enter into Partnership Agreements.

d. NPD 1200.1 - NASA Internal Control.

e. NPD 2090.6 - Authority to Enter into License Agreements and Implementation of Licensing Authority.

f. NPD 2091.1 - Inventions Made by Government Employees.

g. NPD 2190.1 - NASA Export Control Program.

h. NPD 2200.2 - Requirements for Documentation, Approval, and Dissemination of NASA Scientific and Technical information.

i. NPR 2092.1 - Distribution of Royalties Received by NASA from the Licensing or Assignment of Inventions.

j. NPR 2210.1 - Release of NASA Software.

k. NPR 7120.8 - NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements.

l. New Technology clause - NASA FAR Supplement clause 1852.227-70.

m. Request for Waiver of Rights to Inventions - NASA FAR Supplement clause 1852.227-71.

n. Designation of New Technology Representative and Patent Representative - NASA FAR Supplement clause 1852.227-72.

o. NASA Form (NF) 1679 - Disclosure of Invention and New Technology (Including Software).

p. Grant and Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM).

P.5 Measurement/Verification

a. NASA HQ, in conjunction with the Interagency Working Group for Technology Transfer and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will establish a set of well-defined metrics to evaluate the performance of Technology Transfer across the Agency.

b. This NPR is used to determine compliance with applicable Federal statutes and regulations and NASA Directives.

c. Verification of compliance with and effectiveness of this NPR at the Agency level is performed by an independent assessment in conjunction with the NASA Internal Controls Program as required by, NPD 1200.1, "NASA Internal Control."

d. Verification of compliance with and effectiveness of this NPR at NASA Centers, programs, and projects is based on the results of the audits, reviews, and assessments performed by the NASA HQ Technology Transfer Program Executive. This includes adequate, timely, and effective response to action items, findings, and corrective action plans, as well as tracking repeat findings and overall trends identified during audits, reviews, and assessments.

e. Implementation of this NPR is subject to periodic audit and assessment by an independent organization.

P.6 Cancellation

a. NPR 7500.2, NASA Technology Transfer Requirements, December 19, 2014.

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