Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are the most frequently used mechanism for formalizing interactions and partnerships between private industry and NRL. A CRADA is an agreement between one or more Federal laboratory and one or more non-Federal party to perform cooperative and mutually beneficial research and development in any area that is consistent with the Federal laboratory's mission. Under the regulations governing CRADAs, the Federal laboratory may provide personnel, services, facilities, and equipment, but no funds, to the joint R&D effort. On the other hand, the non-Federal party may provide funds, in addition to personnel, services, facilities, and equipment to the joint R&D effort.

The provisions of the CRADA describe the rights of the non-Federal party to the intellectual property that arises from the cooperative R&D. The CRADA guarantees to the non-Federal party a non-exclusive, paid-up, royalty-free license to make and use internally any patents that are derived from the CRADA research. Moreover, the non-Federal party is granted an option to obtain an exclusive license. In addition, the CRADA provides for the protection of company proprietary information.

For more information about CRADA's, go to Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the NRL Technology Transfer Office. Prior to beginning the CRADA process, per NRLNOTE 7000, the requesting NRL technical representative must obtain approval from Code 1008.1 to proceed with a CRADA. The requesting technical representative from NRL should submit a work statement, highlighting any anticipated collaboration, to Code 1008.1 via email to code1008_1@nrl.navy.mil.