10 U.S. Code § 2359a – Repealed.

The Technology Transition Initiative (TTI) is a DoD program that helps move technology from a science and Technology (S&T) program into a DoD acquisition programs.  Congress established it in 2002 to bridge the gap between demonstration and production of S&T funded technology in (10 U.S.C. 2359a). It often takes 2-3 years to obtain procurement funding to buy a product and during that time, many technology projects either become obsolete or are cancelled due to a lack of funding. The TTI help prevent this. [1]

Key provisions of the code include:

  • TTI is intended to accelerate the introduction of new technologies into operational capabilities for the armed forces.
  • TTI can successfully demonstrate new technologies in relevant environments.
  • The science and technology and acquisition executives of each military department and each appropriate Defense Agency and the commanders of the unified and specified combatant commands nominate projects to be funded.
  • The TTI Program Manager identifies promising projects that meet DoD technology goals and requirements in consultation with the Technology Transition Council.
  • The TTI Program Manager and the appropriate acquisition executive can share the transition cost.  Service/Agency contribution can be up to 50% of the total project cost.  A project cannot be funded for more than four years.

To be considered for TTI funding, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • Technology developed with S&T funding,
  • Product has buyer with funds available to purchase it in later years,
  • Preferably Joint or Multi-Service project (2 or more Services/Agencies),
  • Cost sharing between TTI and Service/Agency is encouraged to leverage funding, and
  • TTI Project duration of less than four years.

For more information or to submit a technology for review, visit the DoD Technology Transition Initiative website.

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