Navy Manufacturing Information Innovation Program
WEST VIRGINIA HIGH TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM FOUNDATION FAIRMONT
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The West Virginia High Technology Consortium WVHTC Foundation completed the Internet-based Navy Manufacturing Information Innovation Program for the Office of Naval Research ONR. The effort was initiated to aid the Navy and the Department of Defense DoD in designing and developing a tool to utilize 2lst Century technology to shape both the industrial base research and development efforts to fit current and future needs, and to effectively transfer advanced technology between the commercial sector and DoD. The initial phase of this effort involved meeting with representatives from the Industrial and Corporate Programs Department Code 36 at ONR to fully understand their technology transfertransition needs. The initial goal was to create a tool that would provide a single location for Navy Laboratory and Facility information, and a searchable database of licensable Navy patents. The Phase I system was delivered in October, 2003. During the development more needs were identified through interviews with ONR Code 36 personnel, Office of Research Technology Application Managers ORTAs, and industry representatives. These new features included an Opportunities module that provides a searchable database for Navy technology research and development needs, a Success Stories module that provides a single location for Navy related success stories, and a Calendar module that provides a single location for Navy related events. The Phase II, Navy TechMatch system launched in August, 2004 at the NavalIndustry RD Partnership Conference. Because of the positive response of the system, Navy TechMatch was expanded to include Army and AirForce. DoD TechMatch launched in December, 2004 at the Defense Manufacturing Conference.
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