What Is A CRADA?
CRADAs are formal research and development agreements of limited duration and scope between U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) investigators and their colleagues from industry, academia, and elsewhere (for example, from other federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-profit and not-for-profit institutions.)
In order to meet the standards of a CRADA, there must be an intellectual contribution from all parties to the agreement. This contribution can take the form of sole-source materials or instrumentation, as well as so-called "know-how," itself. CRADAs are a primary mechanism by which government scientists can leverage their own research resources. In turn, their partners may do likewise, while collaborating in state-of-the-art PHS research.