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NASA Innovative Partnerships

The program obtains technology for NASA projects via investments and partnerships with external organizations, facilitates tech transfer through dual-use partnerships and licensing, and helps secure U.S. Government intellectual property rights in NASA inventions and avails them for commercial application and public benefit.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program is working to maximize the return on NASA's technology investments by conducting several non-traditional, low-cost programs to promote technology flow into and out of NASA as well as by planning to focus Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program awards on projects expected to provide the greatest possible technological benefit to the agency.
  • The program has established meaningful performance measures as well as ambitious performance targets based on recent performance trends.
  • The continued collection of performance data as well as the conduct of regular independent evaluations over the next several years will be essential to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the program's current approaches to technology infusion and transfer.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Conducting regular independent evaluations to assess the program's effectiveness and efficiency against its established objectives and performance goals and applying resources based on the results.
  • Completing, institutionalizing, and documenting the enhanced Intellectual Property (IP) management process to enable NASA's increased use of IP to meet its mission goals.
  • Collecting consistent performance info annually for all program activities in a system that meets data verification/validation requirements and reporting the data against program metrics/targets.

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