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CRADA Process
NTESS offers two basic types of CRADAs: Standard CRADAs & Umbrella CRADAs. The terms and conditions are substantively similar: a few modifications have been made to the Umbrella CRADA to account for how the proposed work is defined and captured. Use of the wrong document type or deviation from the template format (font type, headers, table format, etc.) in any way WILL create problems for processing AND cause a delay in start of work. Please contact us to ascertain the proper CRADA type for your proposed work.
  • Standard CRADA

    A Standard CRADA is a written agreement between Sandia and one or more collaborators to work in partnership on a research project of mutual interest and consists of terms and conditions and a Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW covers task descriptions, project duration, funds-in (if any) and in-kind contribution. The SOW is typically completed by the Sandia Principal Investigator in conjunction with the prospective CRADA Partner’s technical lead. The terms and conditions are negotiated between the CRADA Partner and the Sandia CRADA Specialist in parallel to the drafting of the SOW.
  • Umbrella CRADA

    An Umbrella CRADA is a written agreement between Sandia and one or more collaborators to work in partnership in a research area of mutual interest. This model has a broad Umbrella Statement of Work (SOW) that describes technology or capability category areas under which the CRADA Partner and Sandia intend to work. The Umbrella SOW does not describe the actual work to be performed and does not delineate any funding. Actual work performed under an Umbrella CRADA is described in Project & Task Statements (PTSs). Any particular PTS must fall under one of the technology/capability category areas under the Umbrella SOW and the PTS must describe the tasks to be performed, funds-in (if any), the CRADA Partner’s in-kind contribution and the duration of the work not to exceed the Umbrella CRADA duration. The Umbrella SOW and PTS are typically completed by the Sandia Principal Investigator in conjunction with the prospective CRADA Partner’s technical lead. The terms and conditions are negotiated between the CRADA Partner and the Sandia CRADA Specialist in parallel to the drafting of the Umbrella SOW and PTS.
  • Completion of Participant Data Sheet (PDS)

    The PDS is a document that captures basic company information of prospective partners (e.g., signatory, technical points of contact, location of business etc.). VERY IMPORTANT: Processing of a CRADA package cannot occur unless the PDS is complete in its entirety. Access the PDS here.

CRADA Execution Process

Note: Steps 3, 4 and 5 happen in parallel.

Sandia Accountability Sandia CRADA Agreement Specialist Accountability Partner Accountability