Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (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).
NIST works in many science and technology areas that are broadly useful to a variety of industry sectors. NIST publicly announces its desire to form a consortium to develop technology with mutually interested organizations. Information on current projects can be found at NIST Consortia.