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Building Successful Research Partnerships

Benefits of Collaborative Research

Collaborating with organizations outside the NIH can bring numerous benefits to your laboratory. For example, under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), your laboratory may have access to personnel, services, facilities, and equipment that are not available at NIH. Being involved in a CRADA project also allows you to continue to influence the direction of the research, as you and leading industrial scientists take your laboratory findings the next step closer to commercialization.

Services of TTC

TTC negotiates for you the following collaborative agreements:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) – Fostering collaborative research with outside organizations which can provide your laboratory with personnel, services, facilities and equipment.
  • Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) – Helping you obtain research materials from outside organizations.
  • Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) – Providing for the free exchange of confidential research information with an outside party while ensuring control over public disclosure.
  • Clinical Trials Agreement (CTA) – Facilitating the transfer of research materials from outside parties for use in NCI-sponsored clinical trials

We’ve Got Your Lab Covered

It’s easy to obtain TTC’s services. A small team of TTC staff members has been assigned to your laboratory to handle all your negotiation and intellectual property needs. Our staff includes professionals with expertise in diverse areas such as molecular biology, pharmacology and law. The staff members assigned to your lab will provide advice and guidance, negotiate agreements for you, answer questions and keep you informed throughout the process so that your time is spent on research and not on paperwork. To find out which TTC staff members have been assigned to your laboratory, please contact us.

And There’s More

Additional Services of TTC:

  • Marketing – Promoting your technologies to outside organizations in order to foster research collaborations.
  • Advice on intellectual property issues – Providing advice on the development and management of intellectual property, such as inventorship, patent protection and royalty income.
  • Education – Keeping you posted on the latest developments in technology development and transfer.
Page Last Updated: 12-02-2008