Strategic Interagency Work (SIW)

We deliver innovation, through an integrated portfolio of R&D work across our key national security sponsoring agencies, enhanced by the ideas developed through our strategic internal investments.

We leverage partnerships with top-tier industry partners, other federal Labs, and universities to ensure we are working on the most challenging problems relevant to our missions, and to build the best teams.

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Work for Others Agreements (WFO-NFE)
Work for Others - Non-federal Entities (WFO-NFE)

Provides businesses and other non-federal research institution with a specific deliverable.

• Test and Evaluation
• User Facilities

A WFO-NFE agreement is a bilateral contract that enables a non-federal partner to request the Laboratory to perform a defined scope of work or tasks that draw upon the unique capabilities of the Laboratory. While the Department of Energy financially supports the majority of research conducted at the Laboratory, funding from other sources — sponsored research — is growing in importance. Sponsored research is conducted consistent with the Work for Others guidelines established by DOE for national laboratories. 

Working with Other Federal Agencies (WFO-OFA)
Work for Others - Other Federal Agencies (WFO-OFA)

Builds on infrastructure and science within a federal agency to address global challenges.

• Share knowledge and expertise
• Facilitate effective and efficient research and development

Cooperative Research and Development
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

Enables businesses and industry to engage in research and development collaboration with Los Alamos scientists and engineers.

• Technology research, development and deployment
• Intellectual property creation and protection

A cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) is an agreement that allows Laboratory staff to work with partners from industry, academia, and/or nonprofit organizations to pursue advanced research and development activities and possible commercialization of intellectual property by the CRADA participant.

A CRADA is an excellent mechanism to help Laboratory partners achieve technology developments that might otherwise be impossible to achieve if restricted to the commercial world. U.S. economic competitiveness is enhanced greatly by interactions between the national laboratories and private industry.

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

NDAs protect proprietary information exchanged between parties during initial interactions and discussions between the Laboratory and another party on specific technical areas. There are different types of NDAs:

• Bilateral
• Unilateral-In
• Unilateral-Out

Proprietary User Agreement
Proprietary User Agreement (PUA), formerly User Facilities Agreement (UFA)

LANL can implement proprietary user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities. While our largest user facilities—by number of users—are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT), we have around 30 other LANL facilities that are available to outside users, including scientists and engineers from industry, universities, and government agencies.

Users come to LANL to characterize, study, fabricate, calibrate, test, and evaluate new materials, systems, products and processes. In 2011, LANL hosted more than 1,200 users at CINT, LANSCE, and NHMFL. Users came from across the DOE complex, from international academia, and from industrial companies from 45 states across the U.S.

Material Transfer Agreement
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

An MTA is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use the material(s) for his or her own research purposes.

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