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Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Did you know that you can now...

  • Gain access to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy multiprogram laboratory?
  • Profit from PNNL's expertise in science and engineering, results of recent research, and technical facilities?
  • Reduce the risks of developing and applying new technologies while increasing the frequency with which they are successfully brought to the marketplace?
  • Do all this without any exchange of money between you and the government?

If you have an interest in a particular research area, are willing to share results, have capabilities that can contribute to the achievement of PNNL's missions, and want to leverage resources, consider a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) with PNNL.

A CRADA benefits you...

By giving you a powerful tool for gaining access to, developing, and commercializing new technologies.

  • It enables you to leverage resources. Pooling your staff, facilities, and other resources with those of PNNL can produce powerful results.
  • It allows you access to some of the newest technologies and most extensive R&D capabilities in the world. A CRADA gives you the opportunity to use new technologies evolving from federal research programs. It can also provide access to the world-class R&D personnel and facilities available at PNNL.
  • It protects intellectual property. Data generated as part of a CRADA effort can be treated as proprietary for up to five years and is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
  • It's fast. You, PNNL, and DOE can negotiate a CRADA within weeks of establishing an initial work statement.

A CRADA is...

A contractual agreement between a federal laboratory and one or more industrial or university partners who agree to collaborate, share costs, and pool the results of a particular R&D program.

Recent legislation encourages federal laboratories to enter into CRADAs with industry and academia. The terms of a CRADA are brief and flexible so that each agreement can be negotiated and tailored to the needs and resources of the participating parties.

Under a CRADA, PNNL provides...

  • Personnel
  • Technology
  • Services
  • Facilities and equipment.

You may provide personnel, technological resources, funding, and facilities as part of your contribution to the R&D effort.

A CRADA with PNNL means...

Getting more from your investment in research programs, facilities, equipment, and personnel. PNNL is a national center for science and engineering, where staff develop technologies that can be used by almost every segment of industry.

Our scientists and engineers work in laboratories designed to support state-of-the-art research that meets industry standards. Their fields of expertise include all major physical and biological sciences and engineering disciplines.

These people, facilities, equipment, and technologies are the resources PNNL shares with business, industry, and academic institutions through innovative technology transfer activities such as CRADAs.

To create a CRADA...

You and PNNL develop a Joint Work Statement outlining the scope of work, responsibilities of each organization, time, schedule, and other specifics agreed upon by all. Legal terms of the agreement, governing such issues as the disposition of intellectual property, are then negotiated between the participants through a flexible and straightforward process. The Statement and an agreement identifying terms and conditions are approved and signed by all parties.

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