Strategic Partnerships Office

About SPO

Berkeley Lab's Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) is the institutional organization with delegated authority from the Lab Director to submit proposals, negotiate agreement terms and conditions, and accept awards from non-DOE sponsors. All proposals and awards for sponsored research must be processed through SPO.

Operating under the auspices of the Deputy Lab Director for Research, SPO's responsibility is to support scientific research at Berkeley Lab by moving proposals from submission to award stage through the creation, negotiation and execution of contractual mechanisms, such as those used for Strategic Partnership Projects, CRADAs, or other Department of Energy (DOE) Management Contractor funded projects. SPO is also responsible for processing Facility User Agreements and Gifts.


The Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) provides leadership and expertise in research administration to the Berkeley Lab scientific community in support of non-DOE R&D funding opportunities. We are dedicated to conducting timely, efficient and effective review and negotiation of strategic partnership agreements, while ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies. Our goal is to provide institutional endorsement and support the successful execution of awards. SPO is committed to providing excellent service to researchers, fostering mutual respect, and developing strong partnerships as we work together towards advancing Berkeley Lab’s mission.

Service Pledge

To advance the SPO mission, Contract Officers understand each is expected to adhere to the following service principles:

  • We take pride in performing at a high level of excellence, providing responsive, professional and diligent service to stakeholders.
  • We continuously strive to find creative and innovative solutions while ensuring compliance with governing regulations and policies.
  • We pledge to collaborate closely with stakeholders, forming effective partnerships that foster mutual accountability, respect and integrity.
  • We serve the institution guided by the Director’s Stewardship Initiative and the principles described therein.