TECH TRANSFER AGREEMENTS
Federal agencies may use technology transfer agreements to share, exchange, transfer, obtain and/or use, as appropriate under statute, information, expertise, facilities, and materials with other entities. Such agreements include:
- Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
- Facility Use/Service Agreement (FUSA)
- License Agreement (LA)
- Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
- Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA)
Bureaus and offices may also use a combination of the above types of technology transfer agreements, as appropriate. Different bureaus are more likely to use different types of agreements (see here). This matrix identifies differences between various types of agreements.
Technology transfer agreements should adhere to the principles and policies specified in the Departmental Manual, and they may enter into technology transfer agreements with any entity, including:
- Other Federal agencies
- State and local governmental units
- Industrial organizations (e.g., corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, and industrial development organizations)
- Public and private foundations
- Nonprofit organizations (including universities)
- Other persons (including licensees of inventions owned by the Federal agency)
- Appropriate foreign entities.