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USGS is Seeking CRADA Partners for Development of a Novel Technology for Removal of Phosphate From Water

USGS is seeking potential collaborators with expertise in treatment of municipal, agricultural or industrial wastewaters for development of a novel technology for the removal and recovery of phosphate from the water. The technology is based on the adsorption/desorption of phosphate by iron oxide materials within a fixed bed absorber. The objective is to commercialize the technology through development of full scale operating procedures for phosphate adsorption, desorption and precipitation, and determination of capital and operating costs involved in the treatment process. Interested parties must be willing to execute a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with USGS. For more information, contact: Esther Eng, USGS Technology Transfer Officer, by email:

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USGS inventor, Phil Sibrell, won 3rd place in the George Barley Water Prize competition in 2017, bringing home $10,000.00.

Learn the Basics of Technology Transfer:

Technology transfer is a process through which technical information and products developed by the Federal government are provided to potential users in a manner that encourages and accelerates their evaluation and/or use.

The technology transfer program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is designed to leverage the research capabilities of USGS scientists with the commercial development potential of the private sector. It encourages the adoption, use, and commercialization of USGS research products through partnerships and is oriented toward finding potential users of USGS technology. Technology transfer tools such as Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) and patent licenses provide incentives to commercialization and use of USGS developed technologies.

Patenting and licensing of intangible intellectual property are key components of a successful technology transfer program. The Federal government can grant non-exclusive, exclusive, and partially exclusive licenses within specific fields of use to companies interested in marketing, manufacturing, or using federally developed technology protected by a patent.

These licenses are agreements between the government and the technology users that permit the licensees to make, have made, use, offer for sale, or sell a particular product or process.

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