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2020 FLC AWARDS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The 2020 FLC Awards is now open for nominations.  Since its inception in 1984, over 200 federal laboratories have received an FLC Award.  Each year a panel of experts from federal laboratories, industry, state and local government, and academia judge the nominations, making the FLC Awards one of the most coveted honors in the technology transfer field. Many of our winning technology transfer efforts have gone on to become products and devices that are indispensable in our daily lives, including:

·          Digital mammography to detect breast cancer (2002)

·       Rechargeable lithium batteries (2004)

·       Gardasil™ vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus (2007)

·       Proton therapy system used to treat prostate cancer (2008)

·       Robotics used to improve vehicle manufacturing and safety (2011)

·       Apple trees developed to resist diseases and insect damage (2015)

·       Truck side guards that help prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists (2016)

·       A 3D printed microscope that fits over a smartphone (2017)

·       A module that provides divers with a clear visual display, even with zero visibility (2018)

·       A wireless detector that can instantaneously detect a gunshot fired indoors (2019)

Being named an FLC Award winner carries prestige beyond the technology transfer arena as many high-ranking officials, including Governors and members of the US Congress, go on to honor winners with additional special recognition.


ONLINE FORMAT AVAILABLE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS

You can complete and submit your nominations through this portal specially designed for the FLC.  No need to download files or send nominations via email.


CATEGORIES REFLECT MANY FORMS OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER 

Whether your laboratory’s technology transfer success is the result of a massive team effort, or you wish to bring special recognition to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, there are eight traditional categories (and two new categories) of the FLC Awards available for your consideration, including:

 
 
Technology Transfer Innovation Award
The Technology Transfer Innovation Award recognizes federal laboratories that successfully implemented innovative or unconventional technology transfer approaches that resulted in a significant increase in technology transfer (T2) activities.  This award will be based on programs and mechanisms implemented during the last five calendar years.  Below are examples of types of programs and mechanisms that exemplify this category:

•    Internal engagement programs - Programs designed and implemented to encourage T2 activity within the laboratory or agency (e.g. increasing the reporting of inventions, inventor/lab involvement in T2, or technology readiness).
•    External engagement programs - Programs designed to identify suitable partnerships and increase collaborations and licensing activity/commercialization of an agency or laboratory's technology portfolio (e.g. challenges, outreach programs).
•    Internal & External engagement programs - Programs aimed at engaging inventors in the commercialization process while also engaging the community and potential licensees about available federal technologies and opportunities.
•    Tools & Mechanisms - Novel use of technology transfer mechanisms and authorities to aid in the commercialization of federal technologies.


CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points. The maximum word count is 2,000 words.
 

1. Describe the innovative program or tool, why it was created, the innovative approach to address the technology transfer-related need, and demonstrable results of the program or tool. [40 points/900 words] 

2. Describe the specific roles and contributions of each nominee. You must include the innovation demonstrated by the nominee(s) in developing the program or tool and the technology transfer mechanisms utilized to achieve the goals of the initiative. [25 points/450 words] 

3. Describe what has been the impact to the federal laboratory and/or economic benefit of the initiative to date, how that impact is determined, and any public gains achieved. If significant future impact, economic benefit, or public gains are anticipated, please describe and provide approximate timeframes. [35 points/650 words]
Impact Award
The Impact Award is a new category that honors employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff whose technology transfer efforts have made a tangivle and lasting impact on the populace or marketplace ranging from a local to global scale.  The focus of this award is to recognize the powerful impact technology transfer can have, no matter how simple or complex the technology transfer effort.  The nominations will be judged on contributions made during the past five calendar years.  The primary impact areas under consideration include:

•    Public health
•    Socioeconomic
•    Information technology
•    Public safety and security
•    Environmental and natural resources
•    Other


CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points. The maximum word count is 2,000 words.
 

1. Describe the technology transferred, focusing on what advantages the technology provides and what problem or need is addressed. [20 points/650 words] 

2. Describe how the technology was transferred, to whom, and any innovation or creativity demonstrated by the nominated team members that enabled the effective transfer of the technology. [20 points/450 words] 

3. Describe the impact and benefits of the initiative to date, how that impact is determined, and the public gains achieved.  If significant future impact, benefit, or public gains are also anticipated, please describe and provide approximate timeframes.  Include information about the impact area served and other supporting contextual background. [60 points/900 words]
Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
The Excellence in Technology Transfer Award recognizes employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. The award will be based on contributions during the past 10 calendar years. 

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Interagency Partnership Award
The Interagency Partnership Award recognizes agency and/or laboratory employees from at least two different agencies who have collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring a technology.

CRITERIA


The highest possible score is 100 points. The maximum word count is 1,800 words.
 

1. Specifically identify and describe the outstanding cooperative effort by federal science and technology employees from laboratories representing two or more Federal agencies in the transfer of a specific technology, product, or service that has been adopted by and/or benefits another Federal agency or private sector entity for government or non-government use. [45 points/800 words] 

2. Specifically identify and describe each nominated team member’s role and the attributes of each of the respective agency laboratories that enabled the effective transfer of the technology. [35 points/650 words] 

3. Describe when the transfer took place and what technology transfer mechanisms, resources, and/or activities were used to transfer the technology. The transfer of the technology must have occurred within the past five years. [20 points/350 words] 

 

State and Local Economic Development Award
The State and Local Economic Development Award recognizes successful initiatives that involve partnership between state or local economic development groups and federal laboratories for economic benefit.

CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points.  The maximum word count is 1,800 words.

1. Identify the Nominees and describe the attributes of each of the respective agency laboratories and state and/or local economic development groups directly involved in the technology transfer related initiative. Nominees must include FLC laboratory employees, and can include employees of state and/or local economic development groups directly involved in the initiative. [10 points/250 words] 

2. Specifically identify and describe the partnership, why it was created, the innovative approach to addressing a technology transfer-related need, and demonstrable results of the initiative. Include information about the geographic area the initiative serves and other supporting contextual background. [35 points/650 words] 

3. Describe the specific goals, objectives, and contributions of each nominee.  Include the innovation or creativity demonstrated by the nominee(s) and describe the technology transfer mechanisms utilized.  [35 points/500 words] 

4. Describe the impact to the federal labs and economic benefit of the initiative to date, how that impact is determined, and any public gains achieved. [20 points/400 words]
Technology Focus Award
As part of the FLC’s Technology Focus initiative, this award will be presented to a laboratory which has most successfully completed a transfer effort of a featured technology under the initiative for that year. The 2020 Technology Focus Award will recognize technology transfer in the area of autonomous systems. Nominations will be accepted for this award from any of the aforementioned FLC Award categories (except Laboratory Director of the Year), and all submitted nominations can receive an award whether or not they win in their original submitted category.

Eligibility Requirements

 

1. Nomination must describe technology transfer activities that involve autonomous systems-related technology in the areas of intelligent autonomy, human autonomous systems, sensor systems, and/or networking and communications.

2. Nomination must describe impact of the technology transfer activity in the technology focus area.

You can submit a nomination for the Technology Focus Award by clicking on the checkbox on the nomination form of the primary category you are submitting under, and then complete an abstract no more than 250 words in the box provided.
Rookie of the Year Award
The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of an individual FLC laboratory technology transfer professional (or team) who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of technology transfer in a manner significantly over and above what was called for in the normal course of their work during the past year. The nominee(s) must be new to technology transfer, (each) with three years (or less) experience in a technology transfer position.

CRITERIA
 

The highest possible score is 100 points. The maximum word count is 1,400 words.

1. Describe how the nominee has demonstrated exceptional service performing their technology transfer professional responsibilities within their laboratory’s technology transfer organization over the past year. [40 points/600 words]

2. Specifically identify and describe an example of the nominee’s innovative approach or creativity to addressing a technology transfer need and demonstrable results. [30 points/400 words] 

3. Specifically identify and describe the impact of the nominee’s exceptional service to date and how that impact is determined by the laboratory. [30 points/400 words] 

Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award
The FLC Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award recognizes the efforts of an FLC laboratory technology transfer professional (or team) who has demonstrated outstanding work in transferring a technology in a manner significantly over and above what was called for in the normal course of their work. Technology Transfer Program Managers, Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA) Representatives, and Commercialization Managers are considered ideal candidates for this award.

CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points. Maximum word count is 1,800 words.

1. Specifically identify and describe the nominee’s personal involvement and significant contributions in support of the transfer of federally developed technology for the laboratory. [35 points/650 words] 

2. Describe a best example of technology transfer that demonstrates the nominee’s innovation and/or creativity in transferring a specific technology, product or service.  Include a brief description of the technology, the transfer process used and the reason the transfer was significant. [35 points/650 words] 

3. Describe when the innovation/creative technology transfer took place and what technology transfer mechanisms, resources, and/or activities were used to innovate or transfer the technology. The innovative/creative technology transfer occurred within the last five years. [30 points/500 words]
Laboratory Director of the Year Award
The FLC National Advisory Council honors Laboratory Directors who have made maximum contributions to the overall enhancement of technology transfer for economic development. Accomplishments related to the transfer of technology from the federal laboratory to industry, including support of FLC activities, internal accomplishments, industry involvement and community service, are the primary award criteria.

CRITERIA


The highest possible score is 100 points. Maximum word count is 3,000 words. 

1. LABORATORY HISTORY RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER [400 words] – How technology transfer relates to the laboratory’s purpose and overall enhancements to the technology transfer portion of the lab mission. NOTE: this criterion will be used for informational purposes only and will not count toward scoring of the nomination. Its primary purpose is to provide context for the remaining criteria.

2. NOMINEE’S PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT AND IMPACT INTERNAL TO THE LABORATORY IN SUPPORT OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER [35 points/900 words]
Identify personal interactions that the nominee has had with laboratory scientists/engineers and technology transfer support staff; and identify initiatives undertaken by the nominee to encourage or facilitate technology transfer, such as but not limited to:
• Encouragement of scientists and managers to participate in transfer process.
• Establishment of training programs or industry interchange meetings.
• Promotion and recognition of the Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA).
• Actively increasing participation by laboratory staff in ORTA activities.
• Pursuing partnerships through cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), patents and licensing.
• Coordinating facility visits by prospective partners in industry, education, or state and local governments.

3. NOMINEE’S PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT EXTERNAL TO THE LABORATORY IN SUPPORT OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND IMPACT ON INDUSTRY [35 points/900 words] – Identify areas that the nominee engaged in to fulfill this criterion, including but not limited to:
• Support and involvement in the FLC and technology transfer activities.
• Management and financial support of promotion and/or advertising.
• Community involvement to encourage industry interchange.
• Personal participation in industry organizations.
• New businesses started due to technology transfer.
• Financial results for industry partners.
• Industry commendations to nominee and/or the laboratory.

4. BEST EXAMPLE OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER THAT NOMINEE WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN FOR THE LABORATORY (any time between October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2019) [30 points/800 words] – A specific technology transfer effort involving the laboratory that came to completion; contributions and process improvement that led to successful completion. Items to consider:
• A brief description of the technology, the transfer process used and the reason the transfer was significant.
• The Director’s involvement in the transfer, which could include contributions to the awareness of the technology’s availability; support a new or unique process improvement that led to successful transfer; encouragement to the scientific and other programs to cooperate and coordinate with the technology transfer staff in the process; and other actions (both direct and indirect) taken by the Director that supported that transfer.
FLC Service Award - Harold Metcalf Award
The FLC Service Awards is a series of three award categories that recognize individuals involved in technology transfer activities who have provided noteworthy support to the technology transfer process, furthering the mission of the FLC. The Harold Metcalf Award recognizes an FLC employee who has provided sustained significant service to the FLC as an organization.

CRITERIA


The highest possible score is 100 points. The maximum word count is 1,200 words.

1. Nominee must be an FLC Member Laboratory employee. Describe how technology transfer relates to the Member Laboratory's purpose. [10 points/150 words]

2. Specifically identify and describe the exemplary and sustained individual service of the nominee to the FLC. [55 points/600 words]

3. Describe the nominee's general involvement in and support of the FLC including FLC positions, membership on FLC committees and other FLC recognitions received. [35 points/450 words]

 
FLC Service Award - Representative of the Year Award
The FLC Service Awards is a series of three award categories that recognize individuals involved in technology transfer activities who have provided noteworthy support to the technology transfer process, furthering the mission of the FLC.  The Representatve of the Year Award is given to the FLC Representative who has made the most significant contribution to the FLC in the past three years.

CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points. Maximum word count is 1,300 words.


1. Identify Nominee who must be an FLC Laboratory or Agency Representative or Alternate. Describe how technology transfer relates to the Laboratory or Agency purpose. [10 points/150 words]

2. Describe how the nominee has participated in technology transfer activities applicable to other FLC Member Laboratories. [20 points/350 words]

3. Describe how during the last three years the nominee participated in activities for outreach to a new group in the FLC user communities (user communities, include but are not limited to, industry, academia, state and local governments, and federal laboratories). [30 points/350 words]

4. Describe how the nominee demonstrated outstanding FLC regional leadership or participated in other appropriate FLC-related activities during the last three years.  Include nominee's role in support of the FLC, including FLC positions, membership on FLC committees and other FLC recognitions received. [40 points/450 words]

 
FLC Service Award - Outstanding Service Award
The FLC Service Awards is a series of three award categories that recognize individuals involved in technology transfer activities who have provided noteworthy support to the technology transfer process, furthering the mission of the FLC.  The Outstanding Service Award honors an individual (or group) who is not an FLC laboratory employee for a notable contribution to the FLC in terms of sustained support and/or service.

CRITERIA

The highest possible score is 100 points. Maximum word count is 1,200 words.

1. Identify Nominee, and their affiliation with FLC. Nominee may not be an FLC Member Laboratory or Parent Federal Agency employee. Describe how Technology Transfer relates to Nominee and their organization. [10 points/150 words]

2. Specifically identify and describe how the nominee has provided sustained support/service to the FLC as an organization. [55 points/600 words]

3. Describe the nominee’s general involvement in and support of FLC including FLC positions, membership on FLC committees and other FLC recognitions received. [35 points/450 words]
 
 

DEADLINE & LOGIN INFORMATION

The deadlines to submit your nominations in the following categories are:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 - 8:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. PDT)

  • Technology Transfer Innovation Award
  • Impact Award
  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
  • Interagency Partnership Award
  • State and Local Economic Development Award
  • Technology Focus Award
  • Rookie of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award
  • Service Awards

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 - 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST)

  • Laboratory Director of the Year Award

Please note that if you are submitting a nomination for the first time, your login credentials for the main FLC website (www.federallabs.org) cannot be used for this website. Please create a new account as instructed.


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