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FLC Policies Update: Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025

To continue its congressionally mandated mission to promote, educate, and facilitate technology transfer (T2) in support of the lab-to-market objectives of federal laboratories, the FLC used 2018 and 2019 to update the organization’s Strategic Plan, which will be implemented from fiscal year (FY) 2020 through 2025. Over the past two years, the FLC has requested feedback from its members and partners regarding how the FLC and its educational resources, tools, and services can be shaped to better support the needs of federal laboratory Offices of Research and Technology Applications (ORTAs).

Much of the feedback that was received—via surveys, in-person meeting session discussions, and consultant studies—has helped to guide the FLC in its new vision and path forward. This article provides an overview of the FLC’s newly revised mission statement, and the major goals and objectives the FLC aims to achieve over the next five years through the Strategic Plan.

New FLC Strategic Focus

While its purpose is to promote, educate and facilitate T2, the FLC plans to place a heavy value on the mission of increasing the awareness of T2 and the impact federal lab-to-market efforts have on our society and economy. The FLC strives to stand as the premier T2 touchpoint for federal agencies. The revamped focus states its mission pillars as follows:

Promote: Actively promote through technology transfer the availability, benefit, and value of federal laboratory assets to improve national economic prosperity and the execution of lab missions.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop and execute the supporting communications strategy and plan.
  • Leverage and expand upon existing tools and service offerings that promote awareness and access to laboratory assets to the private sector and key stakeholders.
  • Recognize T2 community top performers through the FLC awards program.

Educate: Provide progressive full-spectrum education and training (E&T) and networking opportunities for federal T2 professionals and key internal stakeholders.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide robust T2 professional training through state-of-the-art mechanisms.
  • Address major ‘gaps’ expressed by the T2 community that provide education and training on effectively communicating to lab leadership and technical staff how T2 delivers value and benefits to the lab mission.
  • Provide networking opportunities for T2 professionals to share best practices within the T2 community.

Facilitate: Proactively engage and leverage partnerships that connect relevant private-sector partners with individual federal laboratories to increase measurable outcomes.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide pilots, programs, and events that deploy outreach efforts to increase public-private sector transactional opportunities (i.e., Technology Focus Area [TFA] program, introduction to bridger organizations, regional pilot studies, etc.).
  • Identify and establish with intermediary partners strategically aligned relationships that connect relevant communities of interest to form strategic federal laboratory partnerships.

The complete, in-depth FLC Strategic Plan is available to view and download in the FLC Policies section of the FLC website, located here.

For questions and feedback about the FLC Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025, please contact us at support@federallabs.org, or get in touch with FLC leadership here.

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