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Partnering with Brookhaven Lab

Brookhaven Lab is committed to making its accelerator capabilities and expertise readily accessible to external partners

Brookhaven National Laboratory actively seeks partners to license technologies discovered or invented at the Laboratory and to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to accelerate innovation. We also seek partners who want access to our experts and facilities, and we offer strategic partnering mechanisms individuals and businesses can use to advance their own research or commercial objectives.

Brookhaven Lab has a diverse portfolio with more than 200 technologies accessible through exclusive and non-exclusive agreements. These technologies are assessed for patentability and commercial potential, and they range from accelerator technology, medical diagnostics, and fuel cells to cyber security and catalysis.

Sponsored Research

Brookhaven Lab employs its unique capabilities in active research programs supported by federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the Lab carries out research with private industry, universities, and state and local governments.

Working with Us

Experts from Brookhaven Lab can help move ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace to solve real world problems. A number of options are available, covering both proprietary and non-proprietary partnerships to leverage laboratory facilities, capabilities, and expertise.

Collaborative Research Agreements (CRADAs) facilitate collaborations between public and private sponsors. Brookhaven may contribute personnel, facilities, equipment, and other resources. Brookhaven cannot provide direct funds to the participant.

Strategic Partnership Proposals (SPPs) allow companies, universities, and other institutions to access the unique resources at Brookhaven for specific projects.

Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) provide flexible terms for non-federal entities to work with Brookhaven.

Technical Service Agreements (TSAs) provide access to capabilities at Brookhaven that are not readily available in the private sector. TSAs do not involve research and development activity.

User Facility Agreements are a prerequisite to access designated U.S. Department of Energy facilities at Brookhaven and to embark on any hands-on work at these facilities

Steps to Partnering with Brookhaven Lab

1. Discuss Project Proposal

During the first step, the Brookhaven Lab point of contact and the potential partner discuss the proposed project. To discuss a potential project, please find Brookhaven contacts by research subject area.

2. Determine if Project Meets Qualifications

Brookhaven Lab staff will determine whether a proposed project meets the Laboratory's qualifications for a technology partnership agreement. If the project meets the Lab’s qualifications, the partner and Lab will determine the appropriate type of technology partnership agreement to develop.

3. Develop Statement of Work, Review, and Approve

Once the partner and Brookhaven Lab determine what type of technology partnership agreement to use, they will work together to develop a Statement of Work (SOW), which includes project scope, costs, deliverables, and schedule. Proposed SOWs for funds-in agreements and CRADAs will be submitted to DOE for approval.

4. Review and/or Negotiate

Brookhaven Lab drafts an agreement that includes the terms and conditions, and provides it to the partner. As appropriate, the Lab may negotiate the technology partnership agreement with the partner.

5. Sign Agreement

Once a final version has been agreed upon, the appropriate parties execute the technology partnership agreement.

6. Send Funds and Start Work

After the agreement is signed, the partner sends funds to Brookhaven Lab. Once Brookhaven receives, processes, and authorizes the funds, work may start under the technology partnership agreement.

7. Manage Commitment

Both Brookhaven Lab and the partner manage their work and deliverables to achieve the project's goals toward commercialization.