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Contracting Mechanisms for Work with PNNL

  • Does your small business need expert advice on a technical problem?
  • Does your university research project require state-of-the-art facilities you do not have?
  • Does your Fortune 500 corporation need a new capability or technology to augment your in-house research or products?

Whether your challenge involves energy, environmental, computational, national security or health sciences, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory may be able to help you overcome itand welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on impactful projects. There are a variety of ways to partner with us to support your science and technology goals...and your business strategy.

To understand the various ways to work with PNNL, consult the table below. And make a call. PNNL may be just what you need.

Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT)

Description: R&D for business and other non-federal entities

When to use this mechanism: For businesses and other non-federal entities. Cannot use for sponsors who receive federal funding, even if they are businesses.  Can be more flexible than a Strategic Partnership Project agreement for non-federal entities.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

Description: Cost-shared collaboration with industry for R&D activities of mutual benefit

When to use this mechanism: Works best when an organization has a research program related to existing government-funded work at PNNL. A CRADA would allow mutually beneficial collaboration to occur.

A company with interest and capabilities in a specific research or technology area might consider partnering with PNNL using a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. A CRADA is a contractual agreement in which both parties collaborate, share costs, and pool the results of their research and development program.

Your staff, facilities, equipment, and other resources are leveraged with those of PNNL, and you gain access to PNNL's science and engineering expertise, results of recent research, and technical facilities. A CRADA provides the unique opportunity to use new technologies evolving from federal research programs in a collaborative way.

Learn more about CRADA.

Licensing Agreement (LA) 

Description: Granting of rights to practice Battelle intellectual property to enable client's business plan

When to use this mechanism: Appropriate for companies interested in using Battelle's intellectual property for commercial use.

Technology Assistance Program (TAP)

Description: Forty hours of PNNL staff time annually

When to use this mechanism: Ideal for small technology-based companies who desire access to unique capabilities at PNNL.

User Facility Agreement (UFA)

Description: Provides access to certain dedicated DOE laboratory facilities

When to use this mechanism: Provides access for non-PNNL researchers to use specialized equipment at PNNL.

Scientists researching energy, environmental, health, or national security issues can arrange access to specialized facilities through PNNL's User Facilities Agreement. User facilities include DOE's William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory. Proprietary and nonproprietary agreements are possible, depending on the user's willingness to publish the results of the research.

Learn more about facilities and equipment for business.

Strategic Partnership Projects (formerly called Work for Others)

Description:  R&D for non-DOE entities.

When to use this mechanism:  For collaborative R&D with federal government (e.g., DHS, DoD, NRC), international government, state and local government, universities, industrial, nonprofit, or international industrial.

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