Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

CRADAs foster mutually beneficial partnerships to facilitate cutting-edge research and development for ultimate commercialization.

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a legal document that permits the transfer of National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) technologies, processes, research and development capabilities, and technical know-how to the private sector. Such technology transfer is authorized by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 and applied to the DOE laboratories by the National Competitiveness Technology Transfer Act of 1988. 

NTESS and the Department of Energy (DOE) benefit from collaborative research supporting DOE missions and program objectives. The Participant benefits from access to NTESS’s unique technologies, capabilities and expertise. What distinguishes a CRADA from other partnership mechanisms is the collaborative nature of the work. Through a CRADA you and NTESS will work together as collaborators. For guidance contact CRADA@sandia.gov.