A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, is a written agreement between a private U.S.company, university, or other entity, and a NOAA Laboratory or Science Center to work together on a collaborative R&D project. CRADAs are an important tool used by NOAA laboratories to engage in collaborative efforts with non-federal partners to achieve the goals of advancing our mission capabilities and encouraging technology transfer. A CRADA allows NOAA and non-Federal partners to maximize their resources by sharing technical expertise in a protected environment. Intellectual property emerging from the effort is similarly shared, which speeds the commercialization of any resulting technology.
Under a CRADA, NOAA may contribute staff, facilities, expertise, and intellectual property to a collaboration, but not funding 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.