Are you interested in partnering with USGS? We are interested in collaborating with you. USGS is accepting research and development proposals for work on specific projects or technologies. For inquiries, email or call our Technology Transfer Officer, Esther Eng.
USGS scientists are world-renowned experts in the following areas:
- biology and ecosystems
- land resources
- coastal changes
- natural hazards
- impacts of climate and land-use change
- environmental health
- geology; mapping,
- remote sensing
- geospatial data
and much more.
CRADA and TAA
Those interested in partnering with the USGS to jointly pursue research in these areas, develop new technologies or enhance existing ones for the market, can facilitate these partnerships through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) or Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA).
A CRADA and TAA are written agreements which the Federal government contributes experts, services, facilities, and equipment to interested parties. While the government cannot provide funds to external parties, the CRADA partner can contribute the same resources, including funds, towards the effort.
The CRADA and TAA leverage everyone's existing resources to the fullest extent so that both parties produce beneficial results. They also protect sensitive information in an agreed upon time. The CRADA provides non-Federal partners the opportunity to obtain an exclusive or non-exclusive license to the subject invention due to the partnership. TAAs allow an exchange of more focused technical or research efforts and do not typically result in the development of intellectual property.
Collaborative partnerships further research resulting in marketable technologies for the betterment of the nation.
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FUSA and MTA
A Facility Use and Service Agreement (FUSA) is an agreement that permits non-USGS parties the following:
- Use of unique USGS laboratory facilities,
- Specialized equipment,
- Research and technology development services not readily available from the private sector.
The Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a short-term agreement that enables the exchange of a unique material with another party for research purposes only. Under the MTA agreement:
- Either party can use the unique material for research purposes;
- Title to the material is not transferred; and
- The material is either returned or destroyed, as specified in the MTA, when it expires.
The USGS executes an MTA for all materials that require unique handling and (or) have environmental and safety concerns. The agreement requires the recipient to abide by all applicable Federal standards for handling biological, radiological, and other hazardous materials.
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An Intellectual Property (IP) Agreement is required when the National Science Foundation (NSF) grants an award intended for Federal internships. You can find the NSF-USGS template and additional information on this topic at Guidelines for USGS Researchers.
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