Working with Sandia


We have transferred technology to the commercial sector for more than three decades, and make it possible for partners to access our world-class science, people, and infrastructure.

Sandia National Laboratories has a robust technology transfer mission that is facilitated by several types of agreements. In compliance with the various statutory and administrative requirements, Sandia provides its expertise, technology and capabilities for benefit of the United States economy and the needs of national security through partnership with members of industry, academia, and other leaders in innovation.

Agreement Types

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Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

Sandia and one or more partners outside the federal government collaborate and share the results of a jointly conducted research and development project. Partners can be domestic or foreign and generally come from industry, nonprofit organizations or academia. Find out more.


Strategic Partnership Projects, Non-Federal Entity (SPP/NFE) Agreements

Sandia performs work on a reimbursable basis for a non-federal entity from private industry, state/local government, nonprofits, or academia. Find out more.

Commercial License Agreement

Commercial License Agreement

Sandia transfers intellectual property rights to a non-federal partner through a license agreement. Intellectual property includes patent applications, patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Find out more.


Designated Capability (DC) Agreement

A Sandia organization develops a capability-specific statement of work that can be applied to various FIAs.
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New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Agreement

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities. Find out more.