Institutional Advancement

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory is committed to exploiting research opportunities with university and industry partners through Education Partnership Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and Cooperative Agreements.

Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA)

DEVCOM ARL supports the establishment and implementation of activities and programs that stimulate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Additionally, DEVCOM ARL encourages students to select and continue their education in the fields of STEM to increase the technical talent base available to DEVCOM ARL research and development efforts.

The purpose of EPAs is to encourage and enhance education and research opportunities in STEM disciplines relevant to DEVCOM ARL science and technology programs. Foreign nationals are eligible to participate in DEVCOM ARL EPAs.

  • Duration: The opportunity is available year round under an active EPA to provide DEVCOM ARL maximum flexibility.
  • Requirements:
    • EPAs are authorized under the following statutes:
      • 10 U.S.C. Section 2194 (which authorizes the Directors of Defense laboratories to enter into educational partnership agreements to encourage and enhance study in scientific disciplines, and ensure that priorities for the establishment of education agreements are given in accordance with 10 U.S.C. Section 2194(c) and (d);
      • 10 U.S.C. Section 2195 (which authorizes the establishment of cooperative education programs for undergraduate and graduate education).

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 opportunity is available for Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s, PhD participants and faculty up to expiration date of the CRADA. DEVCOM ARL has active CRADAs in place with hundreds of universities and industry partners.

  • Duration: The opportunity is available year round under an active CRADA to provide ARL maximum flexibility and ranges from a number of weeks to a year.
  • Requirements:
    • The non-federal parties provide personnel, funds, services, facilities, equipment or other resources to conduct specific research or development efforts that are consistent with the mission of the laboratory.
    • The partner organization (not ARL) pays for salary and living expenses during an internship.
    • ARL provides office space and access to facilities.

Cooperative Agreement (CA)

A legal instrument that is used to support and stimulate the advancement of science and technology through cooperation with external partners. Under a CA, substantial involvement is expected between the ARL and the partner when carrying out collaborative research. CAs are used when the parties wish to work together on the same project, sharing each party’s expertise, staff, facilities and equipment. ARL has hundreds of active CAs in place with universities and industry partners.

  • Duration: The opportunity is available year round under an active CA to provide the campaigns maximum flexibility and ranges from a number of weeks to a year. Opportunity is available for Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s, PhD participants and faculty up to expiration date of the CA.
  • Requirements:
    • The partner organization (not ARL) pays for salary and living expenses for an internship.
    • ARL provides office space and access to facilities.
    • Funds may be passed from ARL to the partner, but the partner may not provide funds to ARL.