Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is an agreement between a Federal laboratory and a non-Federal party to perform collaborative research and development in any area that is consistent with the Federal laboratory’s mission. CRADAs are a frequently used mechanism for formalizing interactions and partnerships between private industry and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and the only mechanism for receiving funds from non-Federal sources for collaborative work. Both parties to a CRADA may provide personnel, facilities, equipment, or other resources, but the government may not provide funding to non-federal entities under a CRADA.

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Who may participate in a CRADA?

CRADAs must involve at least one non-federal party. In addition to NPS researchers, the other participants in a CRADA may be one or more of the following:

  • Private corporations (U.S. or foreign)
  • Nonprofit and not-for-profit institutions (U.S. or foreign) including universities and foundations
  • State and local governments (U.S.)
  • Individuals (U.S. or foreign)

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Current NPS CRADA focus areas:

5G, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Computer Networking, Cyber, Data Analysis, Digital Design, Digital Engineering, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Twin Technology, High Performance Computing, Hypersonics, Lasers and Directed Energy, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Networked Data Environments, Operational Meteorology, Power and Energy Technologies, and Quantum Technologies

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The NPS Research Office is here to facilitate the development of CRADAs and enable the partnerships we need to be successful. Information: