Public Private Partnership FAQs

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)

Why use a CRADA?

The standard CRADA template has already been vetted and approved to ensure the rights of the U.S. Government are fully protected.  As a result, the CRADA is relatively simple to create and approve.  Once completed, the CRADA enables the partnership to move forward without any confusion over who owns the end product and how it can or cannot be used.  This simple document, when signed at the beginning of a new collaborative project, simplifies dispute resolution in the future and can save the lab and researcher endless hours of reconstructing conversations and compiling documents should a conflict arise between the partners.  

How is a CRADA different than an MOU or a Contract?

The documents are similar; however, the NOAA CRADA has been written with intellectual property rights in mind from the beginning. Therefore, future patenting, licensing, and similar activities can be expedited through the use of a CRADA.  MOUs may not contain details regarding ownership of intellectual property, which can pose difficulties later.
CRADAs are not procurement vehicles.  The CRADA does not allow for the transfer of US Government funds to an outside party.  

How do I Get Started?

To enter into a CRADA with NOAA, you must first have a Lab or Program that is interested in collaborating.  We recommend networking at scientific conferences or contacting a lab or program directly to discuss possible collaborations.   Information on your local NOAA facilities can be found on the NOAA in Your State web page.


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