Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
A written agreement between one or more federal laboratories and one or more non-federal parties under which the government, through its laboratories, provides personnel, facilities, equipment or other resources with or without reimbursement (but not funds to non-federal parties).
- The non-federal parties provide funds, personnel, services, facilities, equipment, or other resources to conduct specific research or development efforts that are consistent with thelaboratory's mission.
- Are cost shared; typically are "no funds" exchange arrangements with a non-federal party and laboratory performing their respective parts of the Statement of Work. The non-federal party may provide a "funds-in" contribution to the laboratory.
- Not a procurement contract, grant, or cooperative agreement as those terms are used in 31 USA 6303-6305.
- Rights to inventions and other intellectual property are negotiated between the laboratory and the non-federal party as part of the agreement.
- Certain generated information (of non-federal party or laboratory) that qualifies as protected CRADA information may be withheld from public dissemination for a period of time up to 5 years.
- Each CRADA must have a joint work statement (JWS) approved by DOE and each CRADA must be reviewed and approved by DOE.
- DOE has granted a class patent waiver to inventions arising out of the CRADA.
- Contains U.S. competitiveness and product liability provisions
- Reference Part 28 of the Procurement Policies and Procedures (doc, pdf)