15 U.S. Code § 3702 - Purpose

It is the purpose of this chapter to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the United States by—
(1) establishing organizations in the executive branch to study and stimulate technology;
(2) promoting technology development through the establishment of cooperative research centers;
(3) stimulating improved utilization of federally funded technology developments, including inventions, software, and training technologies, by State and local governments and the private sector;
(4) providing encouragement for the development of technology through the recognition of individuals and companies which have made outstanding contributions in technology; and
(5) encouraging the exchange of scientific and technical personnel among academia, industry, and Federal laboratories.


(Pub. L. 96–480, § 3,Oct. 21, 1980, 94 Stat. 2312; Pub. L. 99–502, § 9(b)(1), (f)(2),Oct. 20, 1986, 100 Stat. 1795, 1797.)

1986—Par. (2). Pub. L. 99–502, § 9(b)(1), substituted “cooperative research centers” for “centers for industrial technology”.
Par. (3). Pub. L. 99–502, § 9(f)(2), inserted “, including inventions, software, and training technologies,”.

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