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Sponsored Research

While the Department of Energy is the primary sponsor of research at BNL there are many ways in which industries can partner with BNL’s scientific talent to accelerate innovation in their commercial field. If you're interested in learning more about the sponsored research program contact Erick Hunt, (631) 344-2103.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)

CRADAs provide a flexible way for non-federal entities to access the unique technologies, facilities, and expertise available at BNL on a collaborative basis. Research work under a CRADA may be performed at BNL, at the laboratory of the non-federal participants(s), or at both institutions, and work is usually supported by contributions from all participants in the CRADA. BNL contributions to the CRADA can take the form of personnel, facilities, equipment, and other resources, but BNL cannot provide funds to the other participant. Non-federal participant contributions can take the form of funds, personnel, facilities, equipment, and other resources.

Benefits of CRADAs
  • BNL and the participant can negotiate the sharing of intellectual property, such as rights to patents, protection of confidential information and licensing rights.
  • The participant can take advantage of the unique world renowned BNL facilities.
  • Data generated as a part of a CRADA effort can be treated as proprietary for up to five years and is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

A DOE Modular CRADA has been established to expedite the DOE approval process and provides BNL and the non-federal participant flexibility to negotiate rights to inventions and other intellectual property. All CRADAs are subject to the approval of DOE.

Sample CRADA Document: Standard Funds-In CRADA Agreement (PDF)

Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP) CRADA

Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP) CRADA enhances U.S. national security by engaging former Soviet weapons scientists, engineers and technicians in research directed toward peaceful commercial pursuits. Upendra S. Rohatgi, program manager for global initiatives for proliferation and technology centers, helps to create and broker cooperative research projects involving former Soviet weapons scientists and U.S. industry. 

An IPP project usually involves the identification of non-military, commercial applications for former Soviet institute technologies. These unique partnerships provide new resources and markets for U.S. companies, while establishing important private sector linkages for former Soviet weapons scientists and engineers.