COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
Excerpted from Technology Transfer Desk Reference, Federal Laboratories Consortium for
The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), is the principal mechanisms
used by federal laboratories to engage in collaborative efforts with non-federal partners to
achieve the goals of technology transfer. The CRADA, which is not an acquisition or procurement
vehicle, is designed to be a relatively easy mechanism to implement, requiring less time and
effort to initiate than other methods for working with non-government organizations.
The CRADA is also intended to take into account the needs and desires of private industry when
commercializing a product (e.g., the need for confidentiality and perhaps for exclusive rights to a
product), as well as a reward structure for government initiators (e.g., sharing in royalties). A brief
review of CRADAs follows.
1. LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY
The CRADA mechanism was created by the Fe