Customer engagement and technology transition

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The Institute recognizes the increasing importance of applying the results of its research programs to the needs of its customers. For each major effort, IIAD has designed a technology transition plan. These plans identify the paths toward delivering products to end users and the steps for handing off products to government and industry for further development. Along the way, IIAD research teams engage customers and evaluate progress to ensure that products under development remain relevant to the marketplace.

IIAD engages its customers throughout all phases of creating products: project selection, technology development and transition to the end user. This is accomplished through the establishment and maintenance of effective liaisons with organizations with an interest in promoting animal health, business continuity and agricultural-focused education initiatives. Early and frequent joint planning sessions with its partners or customers allow IIAD to be flexible in responding to changing needs.

External funding is actively sought through grant proposals to agencies, organizations and private foundations. These include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Borlaug Institute. The Institute also collaborates with leading animal health and biologics companies.

Building on the core capabilities developed under projects funded through assistance agreements with the DHS Office of University Programs has allowed IIAD to attract supplemental funds for continued project development. The goal is to generate a sustainable research portfolio that lasts well into the future to ensure that research and development investments meet the longer-term strategic needs of DHS and first responders.