For the purposes of this section, “partnership intermediaries” means a state or local government agency or a non-profit organization owned, in whole or in part, by an organization they have chartered, funded in whole or in part or managed in whole or in part by a state or local government, which assists, advises, advises, evaluates or otherwise collaborates with small businesses; Higher education institutions within the meaning of Section 1141 (a) 1 title 20 or educational institutions within the meaning of Title 10, Section 2194 of Title 10, which have or may require technological assistance from a federal laboratory, including state programs, funds from cooperative agreements under Section 5121 (b) of the Highway Trade and Competitiveness Act 1988 and Competitiveness (15 U.C note 278l). The Griffiss Institute supports AFRL/RI through an Intermediate Partnership Agreement (PIA). A PIA is an agreement (contract or memorandum of understanding) between the government and an intermediary organization (government or local organization or non-profit organization). As partnership mediators, the IG provides services to AFRL/RI that increase the likelihood of success in implementing cooperative or collaborative activities with small businesses, universities and industry. Pia offers a wide range of licensing initiatives and other technology transfer initiatives. In particular, the AFRL/RI GI assists technology transfer (T2) in identifying appropriate afrl/RI technologies for CRADAs, EPAs, licensing and commercialization, as well as identifying new technologies in the private sector that AFRL/RI can use and transfer for operational use. Many federal laboratories and research centres have Intermediate Partnership Agreements (IPAs) with organizations such as ETC, which help government organizations find innovative solutions to problems, cooperate with them and enter into contracts with industry, laboratories and academic partners. Simply put, an AIP is a partner – a particular type of government or non-profit unit that differs considerably from a traditional assistance contractor. In other words, an IAP serves as an intermediary that extends the federal government to small businesses, educational institutions and laboratories.

Improve research and development partnerships between CCDC, universities, industry, other authorities and contractors by promoting the CCDC IP inventory and unique testing equipment/skills. Contract, agreement or memorandum of understanding with non-profit partnership mediators to engage science and industry on behalf of the government to expedite technology transfer and licensing. Many federal laboratories have interim partnership agreements with organizations that facilitate joint projects and accelerate technology transfer between the lab and private companies.