U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Action Steps for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
An outline of the steps that DOE laboratories and industry partners fulfill when undertaking projects together.
||Researchers discuss ideas, identify mutual interest, draft scope of work
||Determine contract considerations
||Identify corporate support|
||Develop Joint Work Statement (JWS).
Send draft CRADA to Industry Partner
|Draft Statement of Work w/milestones, etc.
||Submit JWS to DOE Operations Office
||Review draft CRADA|
||DOE Operations Office approval of JWS
||Review of CRADA documents and complete negotiations
||Develop and distribute final CRADA
||Review final CRADA
||Obtain Laboratory, DOE Operations, and DOE HQ approval (if needed) of CRADA
||Approve final CRADA|
Keys to Successful Implementations
- Laboratory and industry principal investigators responsible for the technical effort communicate early.
- Laboratory and industry technology transfer staff responsible for coordinating overall activity communicate early.
- All parties agree on funding levels and sources before starting the CRADA process.
- Negotiations deal with several important factors including (1) ownership and intellectual property, (2) product liability and indemnification and hold harmless clauses, (3) U.S. manufacture and competitiveness.
Source: Adapted from material prepared by Oak Ridge National Laboratory