The NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP) is a free training program for post-doctoral fellows seeking to enhance their current research activities with hands-on training in biomedical invention development and commercialization, as well as entrepreneurship. *Ambassadors must successfully complete the Technology Transfer Boot Camp before being fully accepted into the program*. Upon successful completion of the TT Boot Camp and program requirements, Ambassadors are awarded a certificate of achievement signed by the Director of the NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC).
TTAP is a particularly unique opportunity for its range of subject matter; experience gained through training is valuable toward a wide variety of non-traditional PhD career paths. Previous Ambassadors have pursued careers such as: federal Technology Transfer Managers, Patent Agents & Technical Specialists at law firms, Senior Associates working in Clinical and Corporate Contract Resource Management at universities, Health Science Analysts in the federal government, Drug Reviewers at the FDA, and Staff Scientists or Senior Scientists in the federal government or private sector.
Informational Session: Learn more about TTAP from our Team Leads
- The live session was recorded and can now be played back using the following link:
- Play recording (45 min)
- Approximately one year (January - December 2020)
- 5-8 hours per week (much of this can be completed remotely and/or outside of normal working/lab hours, i.e. evenings/weekends/between experiments)
- TTAP is a flexible program spread out over one year. This format allows trainees the time to learn about commercialization and apply that knowledge, while continuing to meet their laboratory priorities. The bulk of TTAP in person time commitment will be during the initial TT Boot Camp, where in person attendance is required.
- Applicants must have access to a government-issued computer that runs Windows (laptop is preferred if you would like to work on projects off-site). You may request a loaner laptop from your IC's IT service team OR if you have a Mac (government-issued), request to add the "Parallels" virtual machine (at no cost) to your Mac, which will allow you to run Windows-based programs.
- Applicants must be NIH post-doctoral fellows training within one of the Institutes & Centers [ICs] listed below or post-doctoral fellows within the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- National Eye Institute (NEI)
- National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities (NIMHD)
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
- NIH Clinical Center (NIH CC)
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
- National Institute on Aging (NIA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- Center for Information Technology (NIH CIT)
- **NEW for 2020!**
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
- National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
- National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Closed for 2020
How to Apply:
If you are interested in joining TTAP, please complete the application and other required materials using the links below and return to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov. Please be sure to submit all of the Required Additional Documentation listed in the application for full consideration.
- 1 year commitment
- 5-8 hours per week (much of this can be completed outside of normal working/lab hours, i.e. evenings/weekends/between experiments)
- Work directly with Technology Transfer Managers [TTMs] within NCI TTC
- Meetings with Team Leads and other Ambassadors
- Mandatory in person attendance to the following...
- Technology Transfer Boot Camp
- **Ambassadors must successfully pass the Boot Camp before being fully accepted into the program**
- Homework completion by deadlines
- Final presentation
- "Perfecting Your Pitch" Workshop and Practice Session
- Monthly TTAP Meetings at NCI Shady Grove Campus
- Participation at the 2020 NCI Technology Showcase
- Date: June 17, 2020
- Location: Advanced Technology Research Facility [ATRF] in Frederick, MD
- Poster & Pitch on a selected invention
- Technology Transfer Boot Camp
- *Optional* - Audit-like participation with Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School's Discovery-To-Market (D2M) course
- Opportunity: This course is only offered to post-docs participating in TTAP
- Curriculum: Provide scientific technical expertise to MBA student teams while learning how to commercially assess NIH inventions
- Schedule: [January-May] Mondays, 6-9pm
- Location: Baltimore, MD or Remote
- In person attendance recommended
- Remote access available
- Final report: Marketing poster
Curriculum & Training Schedule:
Remote Access Policy:
Remote access to attend the required trainings listed in the schedule will be allowed only in special circumstances:
- If the Ambassador is a post-doc living outside of a 50 mile radius from the NCI Shady Grove campus (9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD) or has obtained special permission from Team Leads due to circumstances such as weather, emergency, planned travel, etc. In planned circumstances (traveling due to conference, vacation, etc.), permission to attend training remotely must be obtained at least one week before class.
Technology Transfer Boot Camp: **Ambassadors must successfully pass Boot Camp before being fully accepted into the program.**
Early in the program, Ambassadors will participate in Boot Camp training. During this training, Ambassadors will develop a deeper understanding of technology transfer tools used by TTMs and the basics of product development necessary to bring research from the lab to the market. Homework assignments will reflect the type of experiences Ambassadors encounter while working with TTMs throughout the program. Examples include: initial assessment of new inventions, market & patentability analyses, drafting market summaries, and invention portfolio review.
TTC Unit Assignments: Ambassadors who successfully pass Boot Camp will have the opportunity to apply these skills by assisting TTMs in the initial assessment of new invention disclosures, drafting business-oriented marketing summaries of NIH inventions, and reviewing the NCI TTC invention portfolio. Those Ambassadors will also develop effective networking and communication skills, while directly interfacing with fellow scientists & technology transfer professionals in the NIH, TTC.
NCI Technology Showcase: The NCI Technology Showcase is a one-day conference, during which Ambassadors will present a one-minute pitch and a poster for an invention from a “potential commercial product” perspective. The pitch and poster showcase the competitive advantages and commercial value of selected NIH technologies. Ambassadors will be guided through poster and pitch development with their Team Leads and through the “Perfecting Your Pitch” Workshop & Practice Sessions. At the Technology Showcase, Ambassadors will practice effective networking and communication skills while interacting with business professionals and industry stakeholders.
TTAP Certificate of Achievement:
To qualify for the TTAP Certificate of Achievement (signed by the NCI TTC Director), Ambassadors must meet the following program expectations and certificate criteria...
Program Expectations: TTAP requires a commitment of continued participation and awareness throughout the year. Due to the multi-faceted nature of the TTAP curriculum and schedule, Ambassadors must be able to work independently as well as with a team, be self-starters, highly organized, and personable.
The curriculum augments each Ambassador’s current professional experience with high-level learning/understanding of biomedical technology development and commercialization. To maximize the experience and benefit, Ambassadors must be prepared to participate fully in scheduled activities. Attendance at the Boot Camp, "Perfecting Your Pitch" workshop, monthly TTAP meetings, and at the NCI Technology Showcase, are required for successful completion of the program.
1. To equip TT Ambassadors with the following skills for career development:
- Understanding of technology transfer principles and the path to commercialization
- Triage inventions submitted to TTC from within the NCI intramural program and TTC Service Center ICs
- Develop business-oriented marketing summaries for patented NIH inventions for publication
- Communication and networking
2. To strengthen connectivity between the greater NIH research and technology transfer communities
3. To foster a more well-rounded and resourceful NIH post-doctoral community
4. To maximize the effective use of NIH technology transfer resources and capabilities within Ambassadors' own laboratory/branch
Meet the Team Leads!:
Laura Prestia, PhD - TTAP Program Lead; Communications & Strategic Initiatives Manager, NCI TTC (Shady Grove)
Taryn Dick, PhD, MBA - Technology Transfer Manager, NCI TTC (Frederick)
Rose Freel, PhD - Technology Transfer Manager, NCI TTC (Frederick)
Abritee Dhal, PhD - Technology Transfer Manager, NCI TTC (Shady Grove)
Rebecca Erwin-Cohen, PhD - Technology Transfer Manager, NCI TTC (Frederick)