Cooperative Research & Development Agreements
CRADAs provide an easy way to collaborate with high technology federal labs (such as ARL) performing cutting edge research in state of the art facilities. They allow ARL and its CRADA partners to leverage each other’s personnel, services, facilities and equipment for the mutual benefit of all parties. CRADAs protect the rights of your institution and ARL regarding existing IP and any IP developed jointly under the CRADA. CRADA’s can accelerate development of a technical idea or concept faster than each party independently performing these efforts. Many important technological developments have resulted from the execution of CRADAs with ARL. These technologies include development of rate sensitive Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF) for mitigation of head motion/accelerations and high performance vinyl ester thermoset resins from bio-based materials.
CRADA’s involve at least one non-Federal (private industry or academic institution) partner. Examples of CRADA partners may include:
- Entrepreneurs, large/ small businesses and corporations (U.S. or foreign)
- Former ARL employees/current ARL employees who apply for the Entrepreneurial Separation Program (ESP)
- Both nonprofit and not-for-profit institutions (U.S. or foreign)
- Academic institutions
- State and local governments (U.S.)