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Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT)
Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo (2013 – 2018)

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer was awarded a new five year cycle of funding by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitative Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.  The Center on KT4TT operates through the Center for Assistive Technology, School of Public Health & Health Professions, University at Buffalo (SUNY), in partnership with Western New York Independent Living Inc.. 
   NIDRR specifically requires the new Center to help all NIDRR Grantees conducting technology-oriented R&D projects (Technology Grantees) to achieve three Outcomes:

  • Increase NIDRR Technology Grantee’s rate of successful TT of rehabilitation technology products to the marketplace, into engineering standards or other intended applications;
  • Increase understanding among rehabilitation engineers and others engaged in disability research and development of TT processes and practices that lead to success;
  • Increase NIDRR Technology Grantee’s capacity to plan and engage in TT activities.

Scope of Work for Center on KT4TT

The Center responds to NIDRR’s charge through four related R&D projects:
Prospective Case Study –is designed to reveal what works and what doesn’t work for NIDRR Grantees as they implement the process of transferring their development project outputs to an external stakeholder group.  We will do this by prospectively collecting data disclosed by NIDRR Grantees as they progress through the technological innovation process.
AT Industry Profiles - expects to increase NIDRR Grantee’s understanding of industry’s opportunities/constraints for participating in TT efforts.  Industry is the primary customer for NIDRR Grantee outputs because corporations lead efforts to refine, test and deliver technology-based outcomes to the marketplace or to related applications.  Knowing how to profile potential industry partners is critical for optimizing successful TT outcomes.
 Generate Three Need to Knowledge (NtK)Model Variants - will increase Grantee capacity in TT by developing three frameworks, each tailored to planning and charting progress across categories of Grantee outputs other than commercial devices/services:  1) standards & protocols;  2) freeware; 3) instruments & tools.  NIDRR Grantees requested these NtK Model variants to extend the instrumental utility of the original NtK Model for commercial products.
  Collaborative Commercialization – continues our record of increasing Grantee’s success in TT by engaging them in collaborative partnerships with corporations intent on delivering products to the marketplace. This process of learning via participatory demonstration teaches Grantees the value of subordinating personal interests to the shared goal of commercialization.
  These four R&D projects are supported by a high level of engagement with NIDRR Grantees through utilization, dissemination and technical assistance activities:
  Delivering Practice-level TT Training will increase Grantee’s ability to plan, implement and manage TT capacity by teaching how to accommodate best practices within personnel, time and resource constraints.  Expertise required for technical, marketing and business analyses is as critical as is expertise in research design and analysis for TT success.
  Documenting NtK Model Uptake by External Agencies will support NIDRR’s internal justification for improving the structure and review process for technology-oriented programs.  NtK Model use by other government and advisory agencies – domestic and international -- demonstrates its relevance to generating innovations with socio-economic impacts.
   Dissemination and Technical Assistance activities are all tailored to the Grantee’s values and capacities through KT processes.  These are critical to effectively communicating our new project materials to NIDRR and Grantees in order to contribute to their overall success in TT. <<more>>

 

 

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