Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > U.S. Energy Department Streamlines Access to High-Tech User Facilities at DOE National Laboratories

Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Technology Transfer Coordinator, Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, announced today two new model agreements that will expand access to DOE's world-class research facilities by academia and industry. The streamlined agreements will also simplify the process for gaining access to DOE facilities and promote the transfer of cutting-edge technologies from DOE national laboratories.

U.S. Energy Department Streamlines Access to High-Tech User Facilities at DOE National Laboratories

Washington, DC | Posted on October 29th, 2008

"This new approach will allow both university and industrial researchers greater access to our specialized, world-class facilities across the laboratory system and to work more closely with our scientists on real world problems and potential solutions," said Dr. Orbach.

Pre-approved, standardized model agreements—one for proprietary research; the other for non-proprietary research—are now authorized for use at all designated DOE user facilities at all DOE laboratories. Prospective users may use the same applicable general agreement at every facility. The agreements are intended to require minimal, if any, further negotiation and to be quickly executable.

Some of the Nation's most advanced R&D user facilities are located at DOE national laboratories. These include nanoscale science research centers, synchrotron light sources, neutron scattering facilities and supercomputers. DOE Office of Science user facilities alone collectively serve more than 20,000 users annually from academia, national laboratories and industry. DOE expects that that total number of users could more than double in the next decade as these new agreements are fully implemented across DOE laboratories and facilities.

For well over a decade, user-facility agreements have been successfully utilized for proprietary and non-proprietary research at selected DOE Office of Science-funded user facilities. More recently, the agreements have been implemented at DOE's five Nanoscale Science Research Centers for collaborative, non-commercial research. The authority to use more streamlined versions of these proven agreements is now extended to all other DOE laboratories and facilities that are approved as "designated user facilities," including those operated under DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration.

DOE recognizes the Nation's need to engage industry and universities in both basic science and commercial research, and seeks to encourage the use of its cutting-edge facilities to leverage DOE's substantial investments in these research tools. For commercial research, researchers may elect the proprietary user agreement, under which users pay the full cost for use of specialized DOE laboratory equipment and, with limited exceptions, keep as proprietary the technical data produced as well as any new inventions. For non-commercial, basic science research, researchers may elect the non-proprietary user agreement, under which the user pays only the costs of its own research with the DOE laboratory and may access specialized laboratory equipment and collaborate with laboratory scientists. Data produced under non-proprietary research is publicly available. The non-proprietary user agreement is expected to be particularly beneficial in facilitating the access of universities to DOE's national scientific facilities.

The agreements are a significant step in implementing Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman's January 31, 2008 Policy Statement on Technology Transfer, which, among other things, calls for "a major review and revision as appropriate of the Department's technology transfer policies with the goal of accelerating and simplifying the process of transferring technology."

The laboratories will use a rigorous, merit review process to select researchers who will have access to the facilities. The Access to High Technology User Facilities at DOE National Laboratories page has the model agreements, along with the current list of 34 DOE designated user facilities. This list will be updated as needed.

####

About U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Jeff Sherwood
( 202 ) 586-5806

Copyright © U.S. Department of Energy

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Laboratories

Springer and Tsinghua University Press present the second Nano Research Award: Paul Alivisatos of the University of California Berkeley receives the honor for outstanding contributions in nanoscience July 30th, 2015

Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage July 30th, 2015

Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode: Major milestone in molecular electronics scored by Berkeley Lab and Columbia University team July 29th, 2015

New computer model could explain how simple molecules took first step toward life: Two Brookhaven researchers developed theoretical model to explain the origins of self-replicating molecules July 28th, 2015

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Self-assembling, biomimetic membranes may aid water filtration August 1st, 2015

Kalam: versatility personified August 1st, 2015

Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics July 31st, 2015

Theoretical Physicists at Freie Universität Berlin Develop New Insights into Interface between Classical and Quantum Worlds July 31st, 2015

Announcements

Self-assembling, biomimetic membranes may aid water filtration August 1st, 2015

Transparent, electrically conductive network of encapsulated silver nanowires: A novel electrode for optoelectronics August 1st, 2015

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, HZO, Announces Partnerships with Dell and Motorola August 1st, 2015

Advances and Applications in Biosensing, Sensor Power, and Sensor R&D to be Covered at Sensors Global Summit August 1st, 2015

Patents/IP/Tech Transfer/Licensing

Quantum networks: Back and forth are not equal distances! July 28th, 2015

Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity: UC Riverside researchers find a way to use the infrared region of the sun's spectrum to make solar cells more efficient July 27th, 2015

Smarter window materials can control light and energy July 22nd, 2015

Magnetic nanoparticles could be key to effective immunotherapy: New method moves promising strategy closer to clinical use July 15th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project