A collaboration agreement (CA) is the mechanism through which a federally funded research institution establishes a partnership with a not-for-profit entity, educational institution, or state/local government, with the principal objective of advancing science and/or technology.

A collaboration agreement outlines the purpose and objectives of the project and establishes the roles and responsibilities of the parties. Lincoln Laboratory enters into CAs when the collaborative research supports its mission and program objectives.

Partnering with us under a CA may help your institution achieve research goals and scientific success by providing access to our unique technologies, technical expertise, and facilities, including the Defense Microelectronic Activity-certified/trusted Microelectronics Laboratory and the STRIVE Center used in bioengineering R&D.

Among the research areas we are interested in are autonomous systems and robotics, synthetic biology, energy, quantum computing, advanced electronics and sensors, and cyber security. If you believe a collaborative R&D project will benefit your institution and our R&D efforts, start by contacting us at [email protected].

Considerations when contemplating a Collaboration Agreement

  • Intellectual property (IP)

    MIT provides a license that allows access to and use of any prior IP necessary for the partner to perform the R&D outlined in the CA. IP created by either partner during the CA is owned solely by that partner; IP created jointly is owned jointly. In most cases, the CA-generated IP is subject to a Government Use License.

  • Funding

    CAs are typically funded by the partner. Work on the project cannot begin until a minimum of 60-day advance funding is received from the partner.