The two primary partnering mechanisms used to facilitate work with Fermilab are:

Strategic Partnership Project (SPP)

Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) agreements provide an excellent way for companies, universities and other institutions to access the unique facilities, technologies, and expertise available at Fermilab on a project-specific basis. Under an SPP agreement, a Partner can pay full cost recovery for unique laboratory services and receive these benefits:

  • Retain right to elect title to subject inventions
  • Protect generated data as proprietary
  • Opt for a limited government R&D license (certain restrictions apply)

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

Under a CRADA:

  • The Lab and the Partner may share costs or the Partner may pay 100% of the costs
  • The Lab and the Partner may elect title to their own inventions
  • Partner has the right to negotiate an exclusive license to Lab inventions
  • Generated data can be protected up to five years

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