The Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Transfer website has a new search tool. For the first time users can search tech transfer information across the DOE national laboratories with a single search box.
This new tool enables users to search all DOE technology transfer information, including inventions, patents and other applied research, available from DOE national laboratories in real time. Using web-crawling technology, the search capability allows users to enter a single query for a technology transfer term, and the search feature returns a consolidated, relevance-ranked list of information from across the DOE complex. Users do not need to know the national laboratory or researcher associated with a search term to find the information they need.
DOE is responsible for between a third and half of all new inventions, patents and other technology-transfer related activity across the federal government each year. “By ensuring the fullest use of the fruits of federal investment in research and development,” in the words of the Secretarial Policy Statement on Technology Transfer at DOE Facilities, “technology transfer supports DOE’s mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”
The DOE Technology Transfer search capability is the first of its kind in the federal government and was developed by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) for the Office of the DOE Technology Transfer Coordinator. OSTI also hosts the Tech Transfer website. The DOE Technology Transfer search function has been added to the Science Accelerator, OSTI’s gateway to DOE research and development (R&D) information.