Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
CRADAs are partnering tools allowing federal laboratories to work with US industries, academia and other organizations on cooperative R&D projects. CRADAs provide flexibility in structuring project contributions, intellectual property rights, and in protecting proprietary information and CRADA research results.
CRADAs originate with the specific NIST scientist(s) that would be involved in the collaboration. If the NIST scientist(s) agrees that collaboration would be in the best interests of all parties, a NIST Principal Investigator develops a Statement of Work with the other partner(s).
The NIST Principal Investigator next prepares an Approval memo with attached Statement of Work, and routes it through the laboratory management chain for review and approval. If approved, the memo is forwarded to the Office of Technology Partnerships. A CRADA Officer then contacts the partner(s) to discuss the CRADA. After an Agreement is reached, the CRADA Officer prepares and routes signature copies to partner(s) and within NIST.
NIST may work on a technology useful to many within an industry. NIST publicly announces its desire to form a consortium to develop the technology mutually with interested firms. The following CRADA Consortia are available for participation. NIST contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses are provided for further information.
Active NIST-Led Consortia
CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING OF POLYMERS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS CONSORTIUM
CHARACTERIZATION/MODELING OF SURFACE/INTERFACE OF POLYMERIC MATERIALS & SYSTEMS CONSORTIUM
CONCRETE RHEOLOGY: ENABLING METROLOGY (CREME CONSORTIUM)
DEVELOPING STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR FATIGUE PERFORMANCE OF TRANSVENOUS CARDIAC PACING AND DEFIBRILLATION LEADS CONSORTIUM
DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF NEUTRON-BASED CHARACTERIZATION METHODS FOR MORPHOLOGY AND TOPOLOGY OF SOFT MATERIALS (nSOFT) CONSORTIUM
NIST METROLOGY INTEROPERABILITY TESTBED (MIT) CONSORTIUM
PUBLIC SAFETY 700 MHz BROADBAND DEMONSTRATION CONSORTIUM
SERVICE LIFE PREDICTION METHODOLOGIES AND METROLOGIES FOR BUILDING JOINT SEALANT CONSORTIUM
VIRTUAL CEMENT AND CONCRETE TESTING LABORATORY CONSORTIUM (VCCTL)
THEREMOPHYSICAL AND THERMOCHEMICAL PROPERTY DATA COLLECTION, MANAGEMENT, CRITICAL EVALUATION, AND PREDICTION FOR CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (TRC CONSORTIUM)
Office of Technology Partnerships
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