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About Defense TechLink

Our mission is to create high-value partnerships between the Department of Defense and private industry to develop, transfer, and transition leading-edge technologies

What We Do

Defense TechLink’s primary activity is marketing new inventions from Department of Defense labs and facilitating license agreements with industry for these inventions.

We help companies:

  • Evaluate DoD inventions
  • Develop high-quality license applications and commercialization plans
  • Partner with DoD labs for joint technology research and development
  • Gain access to unique, world-class DoD research facilities
  • Compete more effectively for DoD SBIR/STTR funding for new technology development

In addition, Defense TechLink conducts:

Who We Work With

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has approximately 120 labs and research facilities nationwide, involving the Air Force, Army, Navy, and specialized agencies such as the National Security Agency. Defense TechLink has facilitated partnerships with most of these centers, linking them with private industry for technology licensing, transfer, and joint R&D. TechLink is a US Department of Defense Partnership Intermediary per Authority 15 USC 3715.

Companies of All Sizes

We assist companies ranging in size from one-person start-ups to Global 100 corporations. Most have fewer than 100 employees. Through TechLink-assisted partnerships, companies can access new DoD inventions, greatly leverage their R&D investments, and more successfully develop and commercialize new technologies.

Who We Are

TechLink is a center within Montana State University’s Office of Research and Economic Development, and serves as the university’s main outreach arm to the high-tech sector in the state, region, and nation.  For an overview of TechLink’s various activities, see http://www.montana.edu/techlink.

TechLink’s “Defense TechLink” program is DoD’s primary national partnership intermediary for technology transfer. We have been helping the Department of Defense to establish licensing and other technology transfer agreements with U.S. industry since 2000. These agreements transfer DoD inventions to industry, enabling companies to create new products and services, and stimulating economic development. TechLink works nationwide and has helped to transfer more than 1,000 DoD inventions to industry for conversion into new products and services. TechLink-facilitated agreements since 2000 have generated approximately $1.6 billion in sales (per a study in 2015) and $4.4 billion in economic impact.

Our technology managers have expertise in many industry areas including advanced materials and nanotechnology, aerospace, electronics, environmental technology, medical and biotechnology, photonics and sensors, and software and information technologies. By understanding the technology needs and strengths of both industry and federal labs, our technology managers excel at developing productive partnerships that transform innovative research into products, jobs, and businesses.