UCAR Exchange, and its predecessor foundation, has engaged in technology transfer and commercialization for NCAR and UCAR scientists, engineers, educators, and other specialists since 1986.

UCAR Exchange is responsible for licensing technology directly to commercial companies. It also invests in business development as a means of bringing the fruits of NCAR and UCAR research to society. The organization's efforts amplify the benefits of publicly supported science and establish independent sources of revenue to help support further research at NCAR and UCAR. These efforts provide important benefits to the public, protecting lives and property and promoting economic growth.