Higher-Ed Research Cohort

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Inclusive Alliance

National Minority Technology Council

Looking Forward Research & Development

Expanding opportunities for minority businesses engaged in developing innovative business solutions in today's top emerging industries.  Partnering small businesses together to increase capability and community impact..



Building a pipeline for minority innovators to gain access to America's pioneering innovation ecosystems.  Designing industry based supply chain methodologies for human capital growth.


Increasing the utilization of the 300 Federally-funded research facilities by entrepreneurs and innovators. Increasing the number of opportunities for small business to participate in research and development.

Innovation fuels economic growth, the creation of new industries, companies, jobs, products and services, and the global competitiveness of U.S. industries.  One driver of successful innovation is technology transfer, in which the private sector adapts Federal research for use in the marketplace.

Agencies with Federal laboratories have plans and performance goals to increase the number and pace of effective technology transfer and commercialization activities in partnership with non federal entities including private firms, research organizations, and NGO's. Partnerships vary in nature and include invention disclosures, licenses issued on existing patents, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), industry partnerships, new products, and successful self sustaining spinoff companies created for such products.

The Inclusive Alliance Higher-Ed Research Cohort was established by the National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) to encourage agencies with Federal Laboratories to collaborate,  partner and share the expertise internal to Federal Research Laboratories with minority businesses and to encourage thier participation in high growth and diverse regional technology innovation clusters  across the country.

This effort to establish a collaboration between the minority technology industry, government, higher education institutions and federal research labs across the nation is framed in applied research methodologies.   Public-Private Partnerships designed for public good and those technical areas of importance to the Joint Mission are formulated by NMTC Joint Mission Board.   District and Regional Joint Mission Board Agreements are developed through a governance process that results in an active agreement document (MOU) that strengthens regional commercialization, STEM/ICT Workforce Readiness Pipeline and the health of the community ecosystem.

Joint Mission Board Agreements allow for community collaborations on job creation, contract development, economic and education infrastructure and enterprise governance all focused on agreed outcomes framed in both research and faith in our human desire to serve.

The idea for this collaboration model was inspired by the actions of the US Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency to create a MBDA Inclusive Innovation Initiative "I3 Program" (MBDA I3 Program Website).  The National Minority Technology Council is a Regional Innovation Ecosystem Partner for MBDA's Inclusive Innovation Initiative (I3) Program (Click to view listing).

Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Minority Businesses

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