Partnering Mechanisms

ARL’s Open Campus business model envisions the creation of a dynamic, cooperative science and technology ecosystem that links government assets with the global research community.  Collaboration is centered on mutual scientific interest and investment by all partners.  Open Campus partners work side-by-side with ARL research scientists and engineers, share ARL’s specialized research facilities, bring ARL researchers to their institutions to communicate a perspective on research conducted in federal laboratories, and become part of the broader DoD network.  ARL is opening areas of its Adelphi Laboratory Center to host visiting scientists and engineers, including foreign nationals, and envisions future construction of new facilities to host partners, with laboratory and office space to serve academia and small businesses, and to incubate entrepreneurial startups.

The tools available to aid the laboratory in its collaborative endeavors through Open Campus include Educational Partnership Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, more commonly referred to as CRADAs.  Educational Partnership Agreements, or EPAs, are used to encourage and enhance education and research opportunities with academia in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines relevant to ARL science and technology programs. Under EPAs, visiting students have access to world-class research facilities and are able to work side-by-side with subject-matter experts in their fields of interest. In turn, ARL is able to increase the awareness and visibility of military developed technologies, which has the potential to assist in the commercialization of military technology.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

CRADAs provide an easy way to collaborate with ARL. A CRADA is a formal 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). CRADAs are authorized by 15 U.S.C. 3710a and implemented by Executive Order 12591. The governing Army regulation is AR 70-57, Military-Civilian Technology Transfer. 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.

Educational Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

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

For additional information about ARL's partnership agreements, please contact Tom Mulkern,

Posters from 2016 Open Campus Open House

Small Business Innovation Research
Cooperative Research And Development Agreements
Patent License Agreement
Test Service Agreement
ARL International Programs
Rapid Innovation Fund
Educational Partnership Agreements
Faculty and Student Research Opportunities
Research Fellowships