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Cooperative Research And Development Agreements (Crada)

NIH researchers are generally free to choose the focus of their research, in accordance with the mission of their institute and the research programs of their laboratories. No CRADA can violate this freedom. Laboratories should be prepared to consider the impact on ongoing research when a CRADA and related financial support are unexpectedly terminated. The sole purpose of a CRADA cannot be to assist postdoctoral fellows and/or technicians, to obtain funds or to purchase equipment and/or accessories. Conversely, the only justification for a CRADA cannot be for an NIH laboratory to conduct research or testing for the employee. A CRADA is not intended as a general funding mechanism to support targeted research in an NIH laboratory. Most of a laboratory`s resources should not come from CRADAs. CRADA derivative funds should not replace misappropriated funds intended to support NIH research. They can only be used to cover the costs of the project mentioned in CRADA.

Since CRADA rights contain patents, these rights must be given due consideration prior to any external cooperation and/or exchange of material between NIMH and other parties. In order to protect these rights, the NIMH Technology Transfer Office should also be consulted at an early stage of cooperation by the NIMH investigator to help identify and develop the appropriate documents and obtain the necessary permissions to continue the research. The intention of the Congress at the time of the creation of CRADA was to promote national technological competitiveness and the rapid transfer of the fruits of innovation to the market. CRADAS define the conditions for sponsored collaborative research, typically with non-federal industrial partners, and are specifically designed to protect the parties` previous inventions and allow government and private sector research partners to negotiate the management of new discoveries or intellectual property that may result from the cooperation. A complete CRADA requires two types of negotiations, the research plan and the Boilerplate. The research plan is a detailed description of the research to be carried out. The reagents to be used, the methods to be used, the problem to be solved and the relative contributions of the parties must be very detailed. Principal Investigators on both sides of CRADA work together to establish a correct research plan. The NIMH Technology Transfer Office supports them by providing guidelines on the format required for the nih verification of CRADA.

If necessary, the parties may modify the “boilerplate”, subject to compliance with the legislation in force and the directives in force. A written CRADA should be developed as soon as the two scientists concerned negotiate the research plan (i.e. the written description of the research and development project, including the contribution of each party to the proposed research and development). NIH has a CRADA template available elsewhere on this website and used as a basis for all negotiations with outside parties. one…

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