Innovation and Partnerships Office

Partnering With Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office leads efforts to transition technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

Industry-Lab Research Opportunities offer access to highly specialized Berkeley Lab facilities, services and expertise.

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) 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 Programs (SPP) 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

Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
Molecular Foundry (a nanostructures user facility) that includes the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
Energy Sciences Network (ESNet)
Other specialized facilities such as FLEXLAB and the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) are also available.

Technology License and Option Agreements grant rights to use Berkeley Lab intellectual property for commercial use and non-commercial use.

DOE’s Guide to Partnering with DOE National Laboratories provides details regarding intellectual property rights, U.S. manufacturing preferences, publication restrictions, and other considerations.

Contact with questions or to discuss a potential partnership.

Other 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.

Following are instructions and forms related to gifts for institutional and development funding:

LBNL Donor Instructions updated March 2016
LBNL Gift Approval Form
LBNL Gift Acceptance Form
California Form 700-U

Contact with questions.