Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Transfer (T2)


Technology transfer (T2) is vital to the Department's mission of developing new technologies and promoting technology commercialization as the U.S. military seeks to maintain its technological advantage. DoD T2 efforts help ensure the Nation's investment supporting innovative research is transferred from defense laboratories to the American people.

Policy for and oversight over T2 is managed through the Laboratories and Personnel Office (L&PO), which also convenes the Laboratory Quality Enhancement Program panel on Technology Transfer (LQEP-T2). The cooperative partnership between L&PO and the LQEP-T2 panel members help to shape the future of T2 for the Department.

Call for Nominations for the 2021 Department of Defense George F. Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer Now Open through 5:00pm EDT on Friday, 16 July 2021!

George F. Linsteadt Award Background

The Department of Defense George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award recognizes Department of Defense (DoD) Federal employees who have made significant accomplishments in support of the DoD Technology Transfer (T2) Program.  The Linsteadt Award recognizes outstanding efforts made in support and execution of T2 partnerships, that promote technology commercialization, and that license patented government inventions.

Mr. Linsteadt was a pioneer and a champion of T2 for laboratories in 17 Federal Departments and Agencies.  The recipient of the award embodies the vision and spirit of Mr. Linsteadt and the forward-thinking DoD T2 professionals that pioneered technology transfer and strive to find innovative ways to use T2 to enhance the ability of the DoD to meet its warfighting missions.  The Linsteadt Award honors individuals and teams who continue to move the field forward.

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The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding achievements of T2 professionals, managers, researchers, principal investigators, patent attorneys, and others who perform duties that enable and advance DoD technology transfer.  Recognition of these individuals highlights the important contributions of technology transfer activities both inside and outside DoD, by increasing awareness, understanding and impacts of technology transfer on the Warfighter.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must be current Military or Civilian DoD employees who are directly responsible for technology transfer or technology transfer process improvement.
  2. The nominated achievement activity must have taken place within the previous three (3) fiscal years. For FY 2021, the activity must have taken place between FY 2018 and the present.
  3. The award winning team or individual is not eligible for consecutive year awards.

Award Criteria


1. The nominated individual or team was responsible for the technology transfer activity, or played a significant role in supporting the activity, or improving processes associated with said activity.

2.  The activity was a cooperative effort with participants in at least two (2) of the following categories:

3.  As a result of the effort/initiative, the T2 activity has or will bring significant tangible benefits to:


4.  The nominee or nominated team demonstrated exceptional forethought, creativity and initiative with regard to possible innovative applications during the technology transfer process.

5.  The nominated individual or team demonstrated outstanding teamwork and interpersonal skills with all members involved in the process (i.e., technical persons, lab management, partners and legal staff).

Questions? For more information, contact the DoD T2 Program Office.

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