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Cooperative Research and Development Agreements

Unlike other types of financial opportunities, cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) do not result in a financial award. However, they may still be financially beneficial to both industry and government participants.

CRADAs are partnerships in which a private sector partner and a national laboratory work together to further research and development. In the simplest form of a CRADA partnership, each party contributes equally to the project in terms of labor, funding, and facilities. In more complex arrangements, the private partner may opt for a "funds in" arrangement, in which it defers part of the laboratory's expenses.

When work is complete, each party retains title to its own inventions or intellectual property. In addition, commercially valuable information developed under a CRADA project may be protected from disclosure for up to 5 years.

CRADA arrangements help each party by broadening the facilities and expertise available for research. CRADAs therefore enable research that otherwise might not be cost-effective for either party to undertake.

For more information about the CRADA programs of EERE-funded laboratories, explore the following links:

For more information about working with the Department of Energy's national laboratories, see Doing Business With the National Labs PDF icon.

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Content Last Updated: 08/06/2013