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Argonne provides numerous services to companies, universities and research institutions to evaluate the impact of technologies on fuel efficiency.

For more information about consulting opportunities with Argonne, please contact Aymeric Rousseau at

Technical Service Agreement (TSA)

Argonne researchers provide short-term technical assistance to companies with technical problems requiring expertise that is not available commercially. Technical assistance efforts may not involve research and development. The cost to the company 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.

For more information on application support shorter than two weeks, please fill out the pre-approved form.

For more information on application support greater than two weeks, visit the Information for Industry/Technical Services webpage.

Work-for-Others (WFO)

Work-for-Other agreements (WFOs) are a mechanism through which industry can utilize the unique expertise and facilities at Argonne National Laboratory. In this type of arrangement the industrial sponsor pays 100% of the cost of the work to be performed by Argonne. Under certain conditions, a company may take title to inventions created by Argonne under the WFO. Some key points in such arrangements include product, general and IP indemnification, advance payment requirements and the fact that Argonne may not compete with the private sector for such work. Work to be performed by Argonne via a successfully funded SBIR/STTR proposal is also a WFO; however, in this case, it is federally funded and different terms will apply.

For more information, visit the Work for Others webpage.

Cooperative Research Agreement (CRADA)

CRADAs are cooperative research and development agreements between Argonne and industrial partners that contribute to the goals of each party. A CRADA may be cost shared between the industrial partners and Argonne or may be 100% funded by the industrial partners. While it is generally the case that companies are able to retain rights to their own inventions made under a CRADA, there are exceptions. Similarly, the rights to intellectual property created by the Laboratory under a CRADA are retained by Argonne. However, the industrial partner does have a right to an option to license Argonne's inventions. It is best to defer to TDC or the Legal Department in all discussions of intellectual property rights.

For more information, visit the CRADA webpage.

Last update May 2012


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