A key component of Lincoln Laboratory's mission as a federally funded research and development center is the transfer of its technology to the government and industry. This technology transfer ensures that the U.S. military has access to innovative technical advancements and strengthens U.S. business competitiveness in the world economy.
Technology transfer encompasses several distinct but related areas. These include government-sponsor-directed transition of technologies to operational users and to industry, as well as collaborative R&D with commercial and nonprofit partners. For more information on these mechanisms and on ways to partner with us, see here.
In the course of executing its primary mission, Lincoln Laboratory frequently invents new technologies and new capabilities. Much of the Intellectual Property (IP) developed at the Laboratory can be licensed through the MIT Technology Licensing Office. Licensing opportunities based on Lincoln Laboratory–developed technology can be found at the link below.
Since the 1950s, more than 100 companies have spun off to industrialize technology originally developed for government uses. These spinoffs provide diverse products ranging from electronic components to photonic devices to cybersecurity tools.