Doing Business with AFRL


A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a written agreement between one or more federal laboratories and one or more non-federal parties under which the government, through its laboratories, provides personnel, facilities, equipment or other resources with or without reimbursement (but not funds to non-federal parties). The non-federal parties provide personnel, funds, services, facilities, equipment or other resources to conduct specific research or development efforts that are consistent with the mission of the laboratory.


A CTA is an agreement where a defense laboratory may make available to any person or entity, at an appropriate fee, the services of any government laboratory for the testing of materials, equipment, models, computer software, avionics systems, antennas and other items. 

• Provides access to unique research and test support capabilities and facilities.

 Requirements for a CTA

• Use government facilities on a noninterference basis of the laboratory's mission.

• Use equipment or materials exclusively for research and development; or for use in demonstrations to a friendly foreign government under a US Government sponsor.

• Base fees for services not to exceed the amount necessary to recoup the direct and indirect costs involved, such as direct costs of utilities, contractor support, and salaries of personnel that are incurred by the laboratory to provide for the testing.

• Perform tests that are propriety and may not be disclosed outside the Federal Government without the consent of the persons for whom the tests were performed.

• Provides access to unique research and test support capabilities and facilities.


The Secretary of Defense has authorized the director of each defense laboratory to enter into one or more education partnership agreements with educational institutions in the United States for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing study in scientific disciplines at all levels of education. The educational institutions referred to in the preceding sentence are local educational agency, colleges, universities, and any other nonprofit institutions that are dedicated to improving science, mathematics, business, law, technology transfer or transition and engineering education.