By: U.S. Department of Education

Open Prize Competitions

Technology Licensing

  • We manage the JSC intellectual property portfolio to facilitate the commercialization of NASA-sponsored research and technology and provide strong assistance to entrepreneurs, companies, and investors to bring NASA technologies to the marketplace.
  • NASA develops all sorts of technology to solve the tough challenges of exploring space, advancing the understanding of our home planet, and improving air transportation.
  • Often, those same inventions have other untapped applications.
  • Through patent licensing, those technologies can be transformed into commercial products and solutions that can give a startup or new business that competitive edge.

Tech Transfer University

  • NASA’s T2U program connects universities with NASA-developed technology to give students the opportunity to work with federal government research and technology.


  • SBIR is Small Business Innovation Research, STTR is Small Business Technology Transfer.
  • STRGs and EPSCOR for academia (students and faculty) 
  • This program provides early stage funding and experience working directly with NASA experts on missions, a way to hone business skills while de-risking your technology as it develops, and a community of like-minded people.