open access publication

Article, 2023

Technology transfer from national/federal labs and public research institutes: Managerial and policy implications

In: Research Policy, ISSN 1873-7625, 0048-7333, Volume 52, 1, Page 104646, 10.1016/j.respol.2022.104646

Contributors (4)

Siegel, Donald S (0000-0002-7668-9751) (Corresponding author) [1] Bogers, Marcel L A M (0000-0002-7942-3561) [2] [3] [4] Jennings, P Devereaux (0000-0002-8186-9853) [5] Xue, Lan [6]


  1. [1] Arizona State University
  2. [NORA names: United States; America, North; OECD]
  3. [2] Eindhoven University of Technology
  4. [NORA names: Netherlands; Europe, EU; OECD]
  5. [3] University of California, Berkeley
  6. [NORA names: United States; America, North; OECD]
  7. [4] University of Copenhagen
  8. [NORA names: KU University of Copenhagen; University; Denmark; Europe, EU; Nordic; OECD]
  9. [5] University of Alberta
  10. [NORA names: Canada; America, North; OECD]


While technology transfer at universities has received considerable attention in the innovation and entrepreneurship literature, we know much less about technology transfer at national/federal labs and (non-university) public research institutes. In this article and the related special section, we aim to fill this void. We provide a rationale for our special section on technology transfer from national/federal labs and public research institutes, summarize the papers in the special section, highlight research questions, theories, data and methods, key findings and conclusions. We conclude by outlining a research agenda for multi-level research on agents, institutions, and regions to improve our understanding of the managerial and public policy implications of technology transfer from these institutions.


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  • National Science Foundation