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House Members Introduce Bipartisan Proof of Concept Legislation

August 9, 2013—Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) Aug. 2 introduced legislation aimed at improving the process of translating basic research discoveries for the marketplace. The Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future Economic Resiliency (TRANSFER) Act (H.R. 2981) would allow federal agencies to dedicate a portion of their Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funds to creating “proof of concept” and other innovative technology transfer programs. 

Under the legislation, universities, research institutes, and national laboratories would be able to apply to agencies’ proof of concept programs for funds to support the evaluation of the scientific or technical merit, and the commercial feasibility, of research-based technologies developed by their faculty and staff.  As noted in a press release issued by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the bipartisan bill was modeled after an amendment that Rep. Lipinski offered to the 2011 reauthorization of the STTR program [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 16, 2011]

Joining as original cosponsors of H.R. 2981 are full committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Research and Technology Subcommittee Chair Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), and Ranking Member Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).  The concept of the bill was the subject of a July 24 subcommittee hearing.

AAMC joined eight organizations in an Aug. 1 letter to the committee endorsing the bill before it was formally introduced. 


Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488


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