How Industry Can Work with Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne has many types of contractual agreements to meet the needs and interests of industry, state and local governments, federal agencies and other organizations. The following are brief descriptions of the types of agreements most commonly used in technology transfer. Argonne does not compete with private industry and will not accept work that can be performed by commercial sources.
Argonne uses nondisclosure agreements to protect a company's proprietary information while it is in Argonne's possession. Nondisclosure agreements are also used to enable Argonne to provide companies with Argonne information considered confidential.
Argonne's licensing program provides companies with opportunities to acquire rights in Argonne inventions and copyrights. Licenses may be nonexclusive or exclusive, depending on the nature of the intellectual property and the business fields to be actively pursued by the licensee.
Cost-shared R&D, where funds are provided by both the partner and Argonne,
is usually conducted under a cooperative research and development agreement
Reimbursable Research and Development - Sponsored
"Sponsored Research" (WFO) is our term for R&D transactions,
where costs are paid entirely by an organization, such as a company or federal
agency, and the work is conducted by Argonne.
Argonne staff can provide short-term technical assistance to organizations
with technical problems requiring expertise that is not available commercially.
Technical assistance efforts may not involve research and development. The
cost to the organization is the full cost of the Laboratory's effort. If the
proposed activity is well defined, a Technical Service Agreement generally
can be executed within five to ten working days. To view a standard Technical
Service Agreement, Proprietary, click
here, Non-proprietary, click here .
If you work at a college or university, click
Using Argonne's Scientific and Technical Facilities
Argonne designs, builds and operates sophisticated research facilities that would be too expensive for a single organization to build and operate. There are a number of ways industry can gain access to these facilities. For more information click here
Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer - SBIR/STTR
Argonne does not provide funding to companies for research and development. Some federal and state programs do, however, and companies may use such funding to do R&D with Argonne.
Regional Economic Development - Local Links
Resources for Technology Based Small Businesses in the Midwest -
This resource directory is a compilation of organizations and programs helpful to small and medium-size companies in matters related to technology development, including research, technology development/transfer, technical assistance, and business development services. It is a "work in progress," and will be revised periodically as organizations are added.
For More Information
Contact Argonne's Technology Development and Commercialization (800-627-2596)