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Doing Business With the Carderock Division

The mission of the Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCCD), as defined by Congress, enables the Carderock Division to work with the U.S. maritime industry, academia, state and local governments and private industry. Two principal options are available for establishing an alliance with the Carderock Division. Work may be done via a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) or a Work For Private Party Agreement. These agreements allow industry and academia to respond effectively to DoD and other Government acquisition programs and participate in dual-use and commercial activities of the Division.

The Carderock Division has diversified and unique research, testing, modeling and simulation capabilities, and computer software that both industry and academia have long expressed an interest in and have often used in their work. Establishing an alliance with the Carderock Division through these agreements provides industry and academia ready access to the Carderock Division's facilities and capabilities. The cost of entering into an agreement with the Carderock Division is negotiated before commitment to an agreement. An agreement may be fixed price and scheduled to meet individual needs.

Work For Private Party Agreement

In a Work For Private Party Agreement the prospective partner submits a work description and requests a proposal from the Carderock Division. A series of technical discussions usually precede an RFP to obtain an understanding of the technical scope, specific requirements, time schedule, role of each partner in the work agreement, and the capability of the Division to deliver specific items.

Details of these agreements can be found at our Work for Private Parties page.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

A Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) is a legal agreement, a contract, with a private sector partner or another Government agency to cooperatively conduct research and development in a given technical area and share in the technical results. CRADAs can save both industry and the Government laboratory costs and valuable time to achieve mutually desirable results. CRADAs can be initiated as the result of common technical interests which may come to light as the result of a variety of processes, such as:

  • Exhibits at conferences or trade shows
  • Technical paper presentation at conferences
  • Professional friendships between researchers
  • Expansion of technology under currently licensed patents
  • Navy Technology Transfer Home Page On Internet
  • Referrals
  • Technology briefings to industry

Under a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement the commercial partner can provide facilities, equipment, personnel, and funding to the CRADA. The Government partner can provide the same things EXCEPT for funding.

The Technology Transfer office prepares all CRADAs with the input of both the company and government principal investigator. To develop a CRADA, we need:

  1. Detailed Company Information
  2. An Executive Summary
  3. Statement of Work (SOW)
  4. Funding Information

Examples of these items are available from the Technology Transfer Office.

Education Partnership Agreement

Congress enacted Public Law 101-510 (5 November 1990), Title 10 U.S.C. Section 2194, Education Partnerships, for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing study in scientific disciplines in all levels of education.

An EPA provides a formal vehicle for information exchange, access to NAVSEA Carderock facilities and technology and opportunities for both students and faculty to work with NAVSEA Carderock experts. It benefits the Navy by promoting the education of future engineers and scientists and providing a new perspective on projects by interacting with academia.

EPA activities with our partners can include:

  • Student teams work on mutually beneficial design projects
  • Summer employment for student interns
  • Full-time employment for graduating students
  • Consultation by professors
  • Technical collaboration


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