The McConnell Group, Inc
  • 19-Mar-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • MD, USA
  • Full Time

The USAMRIID Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) is the Institute's focal point for technology transfer matters and was established in accordance with the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended. The ORTA is responsible for establishing and maintaining Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) authorized by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, as amended, and other technology transfer agreements for the Institute. Through technology transfer agreements, intellectual property and research resources are accessed and shared by the Institute to meet its mission. Incoming research resources include proprietary research materials and biomedical products; proprietary scientific/technical information; laboratory equipment and supplies; and funding. The ORTA is also responsible for managing intellectual property matters for the Institute. In summary, the ORTA is responsible for managing USAMRIID's technology transfer program.

The contractor shall provide technical expertise for the two distinct functions within ORTA: (i) Technology Transfer Agreements; and (ii) Intellectual Property Matters (Invention and Patent-related), as described below.

Technology Transfer Agreements Function is having familiarity with the requirements for formalizing research collaborations including scientific/technical terminology, laboratory research resources (research materials, supplies, and equipment), technology transfer laws/regulations and policies (Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act; Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986) and other regulatory requirements (export control; Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSATs) requirements; human subjects research regulations; Federal Trade Secrets Act; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); and requirements for federal funding awards (contracts and grants), etc.), originates, reviews and participates in negotiations of the substantive terms of technology transfer agreements. Technology transfer agreements include complex Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), Material Transfer Agreements (MTA), Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Agreements (NDA), and Testing and Evaluation Agreements (T&E) with private sector organizations (companies, non-profit research institutions, and private universities); and (2) with U.S. Government agencies and foreign government entities, these types of agreements include Interagency Agreements (IAA), Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and various other intergovernmental agreements. As directed, adapts existing template agreements to conform to new legal and policy requirements (e.g., Army/DoD directives governing the transfer of BSATs and inactivated BSATs). As needed, provides limited project management support for technology transfer agreements by assessing scientific/technical, financial, and programmatic requirements for agreements, and reviewing these requirements with the Program Manager and/or the Principal Investigator.

  • The contractor may be requested to provide input for improving business processes and shall implement approved new business processes as directed.
  • Technology Transfer Agreements
    • Agreements which are drafted, reviewed and finalized in accordance with the requirements above
    • Agreements that accurately reflect programmatic requirements (e.g., correctly identify research materials being transferred)
    • Agreements that are initiated in a timely manner
  • Status of agreements is monitored and reported as required
  • Technology transfer agreements and other documents as requested; Metrics and other reports as requested.
  • Technology Transfer Program General Tasks
  • Coordinate work efforts with co-workers within ORTA and with the Director, USAMRIID ORTA, as required, to prioritize work and to address issues. Provide customer assistance as necessary to fulfill the mission of the USAMRIID ORTA, including the timely completion of all requested reports by the required deadline (e.g., metrics reports, taskers). Complete assigned tasks by the required (i.e., assigned or negotiated) deadline or, if no deadline is specified, in a timely manner. Perform tasks as assigned by the TPOC.
  • Coordinated work for ORTA that avoids duplication of effort
  • Effective customer service with no unreasonable delays (i.e., outside the control of the individual)
  • Projects which are completed by assigned (or negotiated) deadline
  • Documents that are created and maintained in accordance with the requirements above
  • Analysis of technology transfer agreements portfolio as requested.

Requirements:

  • Successful performance of this function is accomplished through personnel having familiarity with a laboratory research environment and technical ability to analyze and integrate scientific, technology-related, and business information for purposes of technology transfer agreements, which is obtained through college-level major study in an academic field relevant to technology transfer such as business/business management plus experience with drafting, reviewing and negotiating technology transfer agreements.
  • The contractor shall proficiently use Microsoft Office applications to include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and other USAMRIID enterprise IT applications (SharePoint; Oracle Projects, Web Center) in combination with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail to manage and coordinate Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) documents, files and databases.
  • The position requires frequent interactions with internal and external customers, legal counsel, and industrial and academic collaborators. Therefore, the contractor must have excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to work effectively in a team environment; the flexibility to respond to changing priorities; excellent time management skills to meet required deadlines; excellent written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; and excellent organizational skills. Since the contractor will have access to business- proprietary and confidential information, s/he will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Off-site (remote) support may be chosen by mutual agreement of the contractor and the TPOC.

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