Partnerships & Sponsored Work

Los Alamos scientists and engineers conduct basic research across a wide range of scientific areas to support our national security mission. Many of the technologies, processes, and special technical expertise we have developed has been applied to solving problems in the private sector through mutually beneficial, technology partnerships.

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Partnerships

Los Alamos facilitates partnerships with industry, academia, and research institutions through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).

Los Alamos and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) benefit from collaborative research supporting their missions and program objectives. The partner benefits from the ability to collaborate with Los Alamos with access to our unique technologies, capabilities and expertise. Through a CRADA, you and Los Alamos will work together as partners.

  • A CRADA is a written agreement between a private company or academia and Los Alamos National Laboratory which enables collaborative work on a project.
  • A CRADA allows the laboratory and non-Federal partners to work together to optimize their resources, share technical expertise in a confidential and protected environment, share intellectual property emerging from the effort through a license, and speed the commercialization of federally developed technology.
  • The outcomes from the CRADA are meant to facilitate commercialization and augment the CRADA Partner’s ability to impact its industry.
  • The Agreement is between Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos) and the CRADA Partner. All CRADAs entered into by Los Alamos must be approved by DOE.
  • Los Alamos provides the prospective CRADA Partner with terms and conditions that are pre-approved by Los Alamos and DOE.
  • Deviations from the preapproved terms and conditions will delay when work may begin as each proposed modification must be approved by both Los Alamos and DOE.
  • CRADAs with foreign partners require additional approvals. These approvals may delay when work may begin.
  • Background Intellectual Property (BIP) is intellectual property previously owned by the CRADA Partner or Los Alamos, which may be declared in the CRADA. Rights to BIP are retained by their respective owners.
  • Subject Intellectual Property (SIP) is intellectual property of the CRADA Partner or Los Alamos conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the performance of work under the CRADA. The CRADA Partner is given an option to choose a nonexclusive or exclusive license when appropriate in a pre-negotiated field-of-use for reasonable compensation to SIP solely or jointly created by Los Alamos during the performance of the CRADA. 
  • Funding Chevron, GE form technology Allianceincludes Funds-In and In-Kind. Funds-In are cash payments made by the CRADA Partner. In-Kind refers to non-cash contributions of labor, property, or services provided by a Partner in support of the CRADA effort. In-Kind contributions may include personnel, personal property (equipment and supplies) and capital equipment provided by the CRADA Partner.
  • For CRADAs that include Funds-In contributions, the Funds-In need to be received from the CRADA Partner before work can begin. For CRADAs that include In-Kind contributions, the In-Kind funding needs to be approved by the Los Alamos Program Manager before work can begin.

Partner Feature: Chevron, GE Form Technology Alliance

Sponsored Work

Los Alamos scientists and engineers conduct basic research across a wide range of scientific areas to support our national security mission. Many of the technologies, processes, and special technical expertise Los Alamos has developed has been applied to solving problems in the private sector through mutually beneficial Strategic Partnership Projects.

Projects must complement Los Alamos and DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) missions and not hinder the Laboratories’ execution of assigned DOE/NNSA programs or be in direct competition with the domestic private sector.

Non-Federal Entities

Los Alamos performs research and testing for outside organizations (Sponsors), including large and small businesses, private sector individuals, local and state governments, universities, non-profit organizations, and foreign entities through Strategic Partnership Projects for Non-Federal Entities (SPP-NFE).

  • SPP-NFE contracts are between Los Alamos and the Sponsor, and must be approved by DOE.
  • Los Alamos provides the prospective Sponsor with terms and conditions that are pre-approved by Los Alamos and DOE.
  • Deviations from the preapproved terms and conditions will delay when work may begin as each proposed modification must be approved by both Los Alamos and DOE.
  • SPP-NFEs with foreign partners require additional approvals. These approvals may delay when work may begin.
  • Projects involve a broad range of technologies, and are planned with Los Alamos but funded entirely by the Sponsor.

For questions, please contact the SPP-NFE Team.

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