Small Business & University Tech Transition
The Dreaded Valley of Death.
Most SBIR and STTR sponsored R&D does not make the successful transition to operational products, falling instead into what some have called “the valley of death,” where even good research often goes to die.
Valley of Death, where even good R&D often goes to die as adapted from
Charles Wessner's Crossing the Valley of Death: The Role of the SBIR Program
SBU Technology Transition Partnership Program.
The Small Business and University (SBU) Technology Transition Program is focused on transitioning promising SBIR/STTR technologies to operational use. This program features a managed, measurable, and repeatable process that is focused on the maturation of technology through a strategic, long-term relationship among the partners.
ISS creates Win-Win-Win relationships among customers, partners and itself as a basis for building a sustainable technology transition bridge between federally funded research and customer programs. Non-operational research product is a significant opportunity lost for customers, business, and most importantly, warfighters.
Approach: Win - Win - Win Technology Transition
Building the Technology Transition Bridge for our partners involves a Win-Win-Win
partnership among the small business, University, ISS and the customer
Long Term Commitment.
The program focuses on developing long-term partnerships that meet specific customer technology needs, since project-by-project partnerships frequently do not provide the commitment levels needed to mature emerging technologies for operational use.
The ISS SBU Technology Transition Program focuses on filling customer technology gaps through long term Win-Win-Win partnership commitments.
The program is designed to mature partner research by focusing on it early in the R&D process, thereby designing a solution that meets customer requirements throughout the transition process.
ISS: A Technology Transition Success Story.
ISS has a ten year history of successfully transitioning software research into operational use both in the US and abroad. As a former small business, ISS is well positioned to support partners as it understand the unique needs and challenges common to small businesses. Now a medium sized corporation, ISS is large enough to create the technology pull needed to transition emerging technologies, yet small enough to be agile and responsive to customers and technology partners.