The Midwest Region is comprised of six states with more than 30 laboratories and over 150 facilities that conduct federal research and development in a wide range of topics. From the examination of the smallest particles in the universe to the development of new engine lubricants to alternative manufacturing processes, each facility in the Midwest Region is involved in expanding the bounds of knowledge and our nation's technical capabilities.

The FLC Midwest Region's mission is to link government scientists with each other and with appropriate commercial, industrial, and academic partners so technologies developed in federal laboratories may be widely disseminated throughout the region, the nation, and the world. It accomplishes this mission through outreach at conferences and visits to the laboratories; Midwest Region email, website, and social media communication; the publication of informational brochures and a quarterly newsletter; and the development of training materials for three distinct groups of people: private-sector partners, government scientists, and technology transfer professionals.


What Is the FLC?

The FLC is a formally chartered organization mandated by Congress to promote, educate and facilitate technology transfer among more than 300 federal laboratories, research centers and agencies.

What Is Technology Transfer?

Since the work of the federal labs varies greatly by agency and transfers may not include the transfer of a physical technology or invention, the FLC developed the following definition of federal technology transfer:

Technology transfer is the process by which existing knowledge, facilities, or capabilities developed under federal R&D funding are utilized to fulfill public and private needs.

How Can I Work With a Federal Laboratory?

Have a new product, method, or innovative idea that you’d like to enhance or further develop, but aren’t sure where to start? No problem! The FLC can get you in touch with expert scientists, engineers, and researchers who are available to collaborate or negotiate a license for an available federal technology to make your tech dreams a commercialized reality. There are various agency and laboratory programs, agreements, and partnerships that you can explore and utilize to boost your business and our nation’s economy. Check out the T2 Toolkit to get started!

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