Innovation and Partnerships Office

Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research offers access to highly specialized Berkeley Lab facilities, services and expertise. Contact with questions or to discuss a potential collaborative research partnership.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) enable research jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Lab and one or more partners for shared benefit. Industry 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.

Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs) enable research funded by an industry partner to perform a defined scope of work using Berkeley Lab’s unique facilities, equipment, and personnel. WFO – Work for Others – is the former name for SPP agreements. 

User Agreements facilitate access to Berkeley Lab’s one-of-a-kind research facilities. In most cases there is no charge for users conducting non-proprietary work. Berkeley Lab’s Department of Energy National User Facilities include

Other specialized facilities such as FLEXLAB and the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) are also available.

For additional information, read the Guide to Partnering with DOE’s National Laboratories.

Additional opportunities for industry partners 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.


Gifts are distinctly different from Sponsored Projects such as SPPs and CRADAs. For example, a gift imposes no contractual requirements and is given irrevocably. See Gifts vs. Sponsored Projects for a complete list of distinguishing features.

Go to the Gifts page for details and instructions. Contact with questions.