Partnership Mechanisms

The PDO offers a range of contractual agreement options to fit a variety of partners and projects. Click on the agreement types below to learn more.

  cCRADA Collaboration Agreement mcCRADA MTA Beta-Testing Agreement
Research Plan
Data Publishing Provisions
IP and Licensing Opportunities    
Confidentiality
Incoming Funds      
Material Exchange
Collaborative Research    
Suitable for Long-Term Research      
Suitable for a Pilot Program    
Technology Assessment        

All partnership agreements are subject to administrative review by the National Cancer Institute to ensure compliance with the federally funded research and development center (FFRC) contract, agency policy, federal regulations, and statutes.

For more information regarding partnership mechanisms

Vladimir M. Popov, Ph.D.
Director, Partnership Development Office
Vladimir.Popov@nih.gov

(301) 846-5739

For specific questions regarding MTAs

Dr. Claudia E. Haywood, Esq.
Director, Intellectual Property and Strategic Agreements
Claudia.Haywood@nih.gov

(301) 846-6308

cCRADA

A contractor Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (cCRADA) is a partnering mechanism that enables Frederick National Laboratory researchers to engage in highly collaborative research projects with external parties to conduct collaborative research activities and explore development of novel technologies that are aligned with the National Cancer Institute’s mission. These agreements are distinct from government CRADAs as they are with the entity operating the national laboratory, not the government. The government will not be a partner on any cCRADA. These projects may include multiple parties and in-depth, multi-year research plans.

Key Attributes

  • Joint work statement detailing contributions and scientific activities of both parties
  • Provisions for confidentiality and material distribution and use
  • Partner has exclusive first right to negotiate a license to CRADA Subject Inventions
  • Partners typically provide cost-recovery funding to the Frederick National Laboratory and can also provide in-kind resources
  • Data publishing rights are defined

Sample cCRADA 

Collaboration Agreement

A Collaboration Agreement is appropriate for research collaboration involving intellectual and material contributions by the Frederick National Laboratory and external partner(s). It is useful for proof-of-concept studies.

Key Attributes

  • Brief research plan detailing the contributions of each party
  • Provisions for confidentiality and material distribution and use
  • Intellectual property recognition with no advanced promise to joint inventions
  • In-kind resource commitments (no exchange of funding)
  • Data publishing provisions

Sample Collaboration Agreement

Material cCRADA

A material contractor Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (mcCRADA) is a partnering mechanism that is useful for pilot-projects and proof-of-concept research. Projects that are successful under a mcCRADA often turn into cCRADA projects. mcCRADAs are similar to material transfer agreements, but they allow the Frederick National Laboratory to receive cost-recovery funds and offer the same intellectual property provisions as a cCRADA.

Key Attributes

  • Simple joint work statement detailing contributions and scientific activities of both parties
  • Provisions for confidentiality and material distribution and use
  • Partner has exclusive first right to negotiate a license to CRADA Subject Inventions
  • Partners may provide cost-recovery funding and can also provide in-kind resources
  • Data publishing rights are defined

Material Transfer Agreement

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are appropriate for the exchange of materials into or out of the Frederick National Laboratory for research or testing purposes, with no collaborative research by parties involving the materials.      

Key Attributes

  • Includes a simple research plan summary
  • Provisions for distribution and use of materials
  • No funding provisions
  • Data publishing provisions

Sample Material Transfer Agreement

Beta-Testing Agreement

Beta-Testing Agreements are appropriate for limited-term evaluation and applications development of new software, technology, or equipment platforms by the Frederick National Laboratory in collaboration with an external commercial partner. It may involve placement of instrumentation and/or materials in the Frederick National Laboratory.

Key Attributes

  • Includes a beta-testing research plan
  • Provisions for temporal placement and use of instrumentation and reagents
  • In-kind resource commitments (no funding)
  • Data publishing provisions