Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs) are a vehicle for industry, non-profit institutions and other non-federal entities to engage the laboratory to perform a defined scope of work or tasks on a full-cost recovery basis. The laboratory must not compete with industry, therefore any work must draw upon the unique facilities, equipment, or personnel intrinsic to the laboratory. The rights to inventions and data that arise under such a contract (subject inventions) may vest in the sponsor if the sponsor is a U.S. entity and pays for the work with private funds; however if the sponsor is subcontracting federal funds to the laboratory or if the sponsor is a non-U.S. entity, then the rights of subject inventions will typically vest with the laboratory performing the work. The Government will retain a license for all Subject Inventions for use by or on behalf of the Government. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires either 1) advance payment of the entire amount of funding or 2) a pay plan that requires the first payment to include a 60 (at minimum–some labs require 90) day reserve of expected cost and in some instances funding for the first 30 days of work.
|Description: Work done for businesses and other non-federal entities using specialized or unique facilities or expertise.|
|Typical Uses: To test & validate products; For modeling and technoeconomic analysis|
|Advantages: Fast (easy to execute projects that meet certain parameters)|
|Cost: Participant pays full cost|
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