If you are ready to test or validate your technology but are unable to access test facilities in the private sector, consider entering into an MIT Lincoln Laboratory test agreement that will allow your technology to be tested in the Laboratory's state-of-the-art facilities.

The Laboratory can perform testing for an interested party in its facilities on a reimbursable basis. Testing may include, but is not limited to, materials, equipment, models, and computer software. Under these agreements, Lincoln Laboratory does not perform any research or development. All test data belong to the customer. Please note that Lincoln Laboratory cannot directly compete with domestic private sector companies that also provide such testing capabilities. For further guidance, please contact the Laboratory's Technology and Contracts Office.

To view a sample of a test agreement with Lincoln Laboratory, please view the drafted example below.

Test Agreement Example
 

Available Lincoln Laboratory testing facilities

Microelectronics Laboratory
A staff member fabricates a wafer in the Microelectronics Laboratory.
A staff member loads a reticle into a pod for 193-nanometer lithography wafer patterning.

This 90-nanometer semiconductor research and fabrication facility is the U.S. government's most capable foundry. Its production-class CMOS toolset allows the fabrication of scientific-grade charge-coupled-device (CCD) imagers, digital superconducting circuits, and photonic integrated circuits. We have lithography platforms for 193-nanometer scanning, 248-nanometer and ultrawide-field I-line stepping, and 5-nanometer electron beam writing. A molecular-beam epitaxy system can provide high-sensitivity and highly stable back-illuminated devices in the ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet ranges. Test and evaluation using our highly capable and well-controlled 200-millimeter wafer fabrication services would have a cost starting at $4,800 per week.

This laboratory has Trusted Foundry accreditation from the DMEA (Defense Microelectronics Activity) and ISO-9001 certification.

For information on how to work with the Microelectronics Laboratory to serve your needs, email [email protected].

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Sensorimotor Technology Realization in Immersive Virtual Environments (STRIVE) Center
Lincoln Laboratory is conducting health and performance research in its Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) dome in the new Sensorimotor Technology Realization in Immersive Virtual Environments (STRIVE) Center.
Lincoln Laboratory is conducting health and performance research in its Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) dome in the new Sensorimotor Technology Realization in Immersive Virtual Environments (STRIVE) Center.

This research facility features a 24-foot virtual reality dome, the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN), one of only three full-dome CAREN systems in the world. In the CAREN, a user is immersed in a simulated environment that is displayed on a 360-degree screen and whose 6-degrees-of-freedom motion platform can mimic the environment's terrain. The center's multimodal suite of laboratory-grade instrumentation is used for quantifying human body biomechanics, ground reaction forces, electrophysiological signals, and vital signs.

Researchers in the STRIVE Center have developed several immersive virtual environments for the CAREN, including ones that allow operational testing and evaluation of wearable devices and military gear and ones that enable static and dynamic balance testing of individuals with neurological impairments. Virtual environments can be developed and customized to meet the needs of test agreement partners. The daily rate to run a test using our basic virtual marksmanship scenario would start at $8,000.

For information on how to work with the STRIVE Center to advance your research, email [email protected].  

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Autonomous Systems Development Facility (ASDF)
The ASDF accommodates the testing of various autonomous system prototypes, including those that operate on the ground, in the air, and underwater.
The ASDF accommodates the testing of all kinds of autonomous system prototypes, including those that operate on the ground, in the air, and underwater.

This state-of-the-art resource enables the development and testing of autonomy algorithms and capabilities in unmanned air and ground vehicles. At 17,000 square feet with greater than 30-foot flight clearance, this space is one of the world's largest indoor UAV testing facilities with full-coverage motion capture. We can accommodate the prototyping and testing of ground-based, aerial, and undersea autonomous systems. Vertically retractable nets provide safety barriers and act as dividers to allow multiple programs to use the facility at the same time. Simultaneous multi-angle and high-speed video recording are available to document tests. The daily rate to test a sensor on a UAV with detailed camera and positioning tracking would start at $8,100 per day.

For information on how to work with the Autonomous Systems Development Facility to enhance the development of your systems, email [email protected].

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