n fiscal year 1995, NASA began a systematic, agencywide
process to identify those programs with commercial potentialthat is, the potential
to yield an innovation that could result in commercial application and benefit. This
inventory allows technology transfer and commercialization to be more proactive and
better focus its limited resources.
From fiscal year 1995 to fiscal year 1996, NASA identified an additional 16 percent
(from 22 percent to 38 percent) of its programs with commercial potential. This
represents a 73-percent increase over fiscal year 1995. The programs identified
as having commercial potential represent a fiscal year 1996 NASA investment of
$4.7 billion. To date, these programs have produced 4,726 individual innovations
that may result in commercial applications and benefits.
NASA Official: Jonathan Root Web Designer: Joe Goldfus Credits