Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements Home


A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a written agreement between a private company and NOAA to work together on a project.  Created as the result of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, a CRADA allows NOAA and non-Federal partners to optimize their resources, share technical expertise in a protected environment, share intellectual property emerging from the effort, and speed the commercialization of NOAA developed technology.

CRADAs are one of the principal mechanisms used by NOAA laboratories to engage in collaborative efforts with non-federal partners to achieve the goals of technology transfer. The CRADA, which is not an acquisition or procurement vehicle, is designed to be a relatively easy mechanism to implement, requiring less time and effort to initiate than previous methods for working with non-government organizations. The CRADA is also intended to take into account the needs and desires of private industry when commercializing a product.

A CRADA can:

  • Provide incentives that help speed up the commercialization of NOAA developed technology.

  • Protect any propriety information brought to the CRADA effort by the partner.

  • Allow all parties to keep research result emerging from the CRADA confidential and free from disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act for up to five years.

  • Allow NOAA and the partner to share patents and patent licenses.


NOAA labs and partners that are interested in entering into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement may contact the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office for a copy of the NOAA CRADA Template.  The Lab and Partner(s) should develop a short (1-2 page) Statement of Work (SoW) that provides a general overview of the collaborative work to be and the benefits to each partner.  The SoW should also detail any specific contributions each partner will provide to the agreement (Note:  the government may not provide funds under a CRADA).