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Cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) as technology transfer mechanisms

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Abstract:

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) between Federal R&D laboratories and private companies in the US are intended, in large part, to transfer technologies developed at Federal R&D laboratories to private companies. We surveyed the Federal laboratory and private CRADA partners involved in CRADAs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico in order to identify certain difficulties inherent in CRADAs as mechanisms for technology transfer. Company partners do not share a common organizational culture with their Federal laboratory counterparts, and are critical of the length of time and complexity of government administrative arrangements necessary to form a CRADA.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00084

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication and Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131–1171, USA, 2: School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University, 3: Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, 4: School of Information Studies, Syracuse

Publication date: April 1, 1998

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