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Tech Transfer

Partnering With Berkeley Lab: Industry-Lab Research Opportunities

Some of the most innovative technology transfer at Berkeley Lab involves collaborative projects with industry. In collaborative research, DOE and industry may jointly sponsor a project under a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Costs, personnel, facilities, equipment, or research capabilities may be shared for mutual benefit. This provides industry with an excellent way to leverage R&D funds and conduct research that might otherwise not be possible.

Berkeley Lab also conducts industry-sponsored research and provides numerous National User Facilities.  See below for more details.

For a general guide to partnering with DOE's National Laboratories, click here.

Government Sponsored Collaborative Research Programs

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

SBIR and STTR are U.S. Government programs through which federal agencies support research and development with small businesses. Such subcontracting is frequent with SBIR awards and partnering with a U.S. non-profit institution (e.g. university or national lab) is required for STTR awards. Many companies partner or subcontract with a national lab to conduct part of the research.  For more information, go here. For a list of the most recently available SBIR Tech Transfer Opportunities from LBNL, go here. New opportunities will be announced shortly.

Sponsored Research: Work For Others

A company may sponsor Berkeley Lab scientists to conduct research in a specified area if researchers can be identified with appropriate and unique capabilities, as well as interest and availability. The unique equipment and specialized expertise at Berkeley Lab provide research opportunities that may not be available elsewhere.  To explore a research proposal, contact or 510-486-6467. 

User Facilities

Berkeley Lab has several Department of Energy National User Facilities available to industry and others for research purposes:

Advanced Light Source (ALS)

Energy Sciences Network

Molecular Foundry (a nanostructures user facility)

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI)



See examples of successful Industry-Lab research projects, and contact if you are interested in collaborating with Berkeley Lab or 510-486-6467.

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Last updated: 05/09/2014