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NRL has a history of fruitful relationships with industry and academia, both as collaborators and contractors. The Laboratory welcomes and encourages productive working relationships with both government and nongovernment activities and is always willing to explore new and innovative ways of using the skills of others to enhance the Navy's combat readiness.
NRL is a Navy Working Capital Fund activity. All costs, including overhead, are redeemed through sponsor-funded research projects. Funding comes from the Chief of Naval Research, Naval Systems Commands, and other government agencies, such as the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as several nongovernment activities.