Technology Transfer Planning Template (TTPT)
Jennifer L. Flagg & Michelle M. Lockett, Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer — University at Buffalo, SUNY
Project investigators, inventors, and business owners who plan to introduce new products into the assistive technology marketplace achieve greater success when they plan their development and transfer efforts, and conduct rigorous business, market, and technical analyses prior to making large investments of limited resources.
Planning can be aided by process models, such as the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model. Business and engineering analyses can be simplified through the use of relevant tools.
The Technology Transfer Planning Template is currently being developed and tested to provide easy access to the NtK, tools, resources, and examples.
Pre-Proposal Scoping Reviews — Included discussions with key stakeholders, extensive web searches seeking existing templates and process models, and estimation of the number of potential users of a TTPT.
Needs Analysis — Conducted a survey and interviews with key stakeholders to gather input regarding desired TTPT functions and features. This process resulted in a tiered listing of specifications.
Development Effort — Questions for the template were derived from the Need to Knowledge Model and SBIR grant proposal selection criteria. Resources, tools, and examples primarily came from the NtK Model, but also include other KT4TT products.
User Testing — Participants will use the TTPT and react to its design and capabilities. An online user testing tool (Loop 11) will enable the project team to determine what aspects of the TTPT are working well, and which appear to need modifications. Questionnaire and follow up interviews will be used to gather reactions.
TTPT Launch — Once user feedback has been incorporated into the TTPT’s design, a full scale rollout will commence. A marketing campaign will target potential users, including grantees, potential grant applicants, federal agencies who fund R&D, technology transfer offices, and individual inventors.
Guidance, resources, and examples are provided for many questions, as shown in the screenshot below.