Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

As a DOE federal laboratory, the contractual mechanisms used to bring non-DOE funding in to Berkeley Lab are limited to the following prescribed, DOE-approved agreements:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) enable collaborative research by LBNL and one or more partners for shared benefit. Partners can retain rights to their own inventions made under a CRADA and have the first right to license Lab intellectual property generated through the CRADA. All CRADAs must have in-kind support from the Partner, even when the project is being paid for solely with Partner funds. In-kind refers to non-cash contribution of labor, property, or services provided by a Participant in support of the CRADA effort. In-kind contributions include personnel, personal property (equipment and supplies) and capital equipment.
  • Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) agreements enable LBNL personnel to perform a defined scope of work funded by and on behalf of a non-DOE entity using LBNL’s unique facilities, equipment, and personnel. This includes Inter-Agency (IA) agreements; Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests (MIPR); and DOE Management & Operations (M&O) agreements such as Memorandum Purchase Orders (MPO) and Inter-Entity Work Orders (IEWO).
  • User Agreements facilitate access to LBNL’s one-of-a-kind research facilities including the DOE national user facilities, e.g., Advanced Light Source, Joint Genome Institute, Molecular Foundry, NERSC – the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and ESNet – Energy Services Network.
  • Gifts may be made for institutional and development funding. Donor instructions and required forms can be found here.

Comparison Chart of Agreement Types

For questions about the correct contract type for your project, contact the Contracts Officer assigned to your area / division for your specific project.

Other opportunities such as DOE’s Small Business Voucher program and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are announced throughout the year.

Preparing a Funding Proposal

In order to prepare a funding proposal, your first step is to contact your Division’s Resource Analyst (RA).

It is very important to note that SPO Contracts Officers are unable to begin working on a proposal unless and until it is properly entered into Berkeley Lab's Electronic System for Research Administration (eSRA). Help with using eSRA can be found here.

The following templates are sample agreements only (please contact your Contracts Officer before sharing these with a potential partner as terms and conditions are subject to change based on scope of work and funding source):

Sample CRADA (pdf) Sample SPP (pdf)

SPO strongly recommends contacting the Contracts Officer assigned to your area / division before sending these sample documents to a potential partner. All terms & conditions are subject to change based on the scope of work and source of funding.

The following templates offer an overview for preparing a proposal’s Statement of Work (SOW):


CRADA/SPP Process Flow Chart