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Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach

Sponsored Research

Impact through collaboration

Argonne performs a wide range of collaborative work with industry, federal agencies, and state and local governments.

There are multiple mechanisms through which organizations engage in sponsored research projects with Argonne:

Strategic Partnership Project

A Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) is a contract that enables your company to pay the laboratory to perform a defined scope of work with tasks that draw upon the unique facilities, equipment and personnel of the laboratory. With certain Department of Energy approvals, the sponsor may obtain ownership of both inventions and data generated under an SPP.

Technical Service Agreement

Similar to a Strategic Partnership Project (SPP), a Technical Service Agreement (TSA) is a cost-reimbursable service contract intended for short-term projects under $250,000 and is limited to domestic organizations. These agreements do not involve R&D. The sponsor typically can designate data/results as proprietary.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a cost-shared research and development agreement that allows your company to work collaboratively with Argonne to share technical expertise, develop novel technologies/solutions and access intellectual property emerging from the effort.