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—
establishing organizations in the executive branch to study and stimulate technology;
promoting technology development through the establishment of cooperative research centers;
stimulating improved utilization of federally funded technology developments, including inventions, software, and training technologies, by State and local governments and the private sector;
providing encouragement for the development of technology through the recognition of individuals and companies which have made outstanding contributions in technology; and
encouraging the exchange of scientific and technical personnel among academia, industry, and Federal laboratories.

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,”.