Stakeholders from industry, academia, and the national labs can partner with the Energy Material Network’s (EMN) consortia through several mechanisms. These mechanisms are intended to be available via short-form agreements that can be executed in less than one month.
First, stakeholders can engage in strategic partnership projects (SPPs). In an SPP, an EMN consortium will assist stakeholders in identifying the appropriate national laboratory resources to address a particular challenge, and the stakeholder will pay the full cost of using those resources. This mechanism is well suited for work on highly proprietary, commercial, or otherwise near-term R&D where Energy Department funding is not appropriate but national lab resources can provide substantial value to the stakeholder.
Second, stakeholders can establish Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) or other similar agreements with an EMN consortium. In an EMN CRADA, the Energy Department may fund access to national lab resources up to the full cost of those resources, provided that the resulting research is made publicly available. The stakeholder may be required to provide cost share as part of a CRADA if research accomplishments are not made publicly available. This mechanism is suitable for pre-competitive and pre-commercial work, and is subject to the availability of funds.
Third, some EMN consortia will offer Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT). ACTs are similar to CRADAs but introduce flexibility in the time frame of advanced payment and the liability of the national labs; both of these terms can be negotiated between the user and the managing contractor of the lab.
Finally, Energy Department Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) may provide stakeholders access to EMN consortia. Each specific FOA will provide details on the requirements for obtaining funding. FOAs related to EMN are listed below.
Past Funding Opportunities
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