This paper describes the initiation and progress of a university-based technical-assistance program for local governments. Initially funded by the National Science Foundation, the program began with a statewide needs-assessment program that had input from both municipal and county officials via five workshops. Both technical problem areas and barriers to technology were identified and categorized. The program has operated for more than three years, providing technical assistance via quick response to individual requests, technical workshops, and major research and development projects, which use faculty and students. Examples of technology-transfer programs and some assessment of their credibility and impact are presented. Recommendations for newly emerging programs are summarized: (a) an attitude of sharing with other organizations is essential, (b) local credibility is the single most important factor, and (c) work should be on user-selected problems. Inputs for future policies and programs are presented: (a) there is a significant need for a nonagricultural extension service, (b) to implement federal research there must be a final linkage at the local level, (c) definition for federal research must begin at the local level, and (d) federal agencies should give higher priority to implementation. (Author)

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 17-19
  • Monograph Title: Technology transfer, the research process, and creating a productive environment
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  • Accession Number: 00315339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029937
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM