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In carrying out a CRADA, ARS scientists are authorized to work as closely as necessary with private firms to help the companies commercialize technology based on the scientists' research. Under a CRADA, the cooperator may provide funds to ARS. As with other ARS cooperative agreements, ARS enters into a CRADA only when the objective is in keeping with the agency's mission.

ARS policy is to take full advantage of the Technology Transfer Act and Executive Order 12591, which charged agencies with expeditiously implementing the Technology Transfer Act. While the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) provides guidance and assistance, scientists are key to fulfilling this policy. The scientist is responsible for getting the research used as well as done.

Scientists should seek opportunities for CRADAs with industry that involve work that is consistent with the ARS mission, do not involve a conflict of interest, and when all potential cooperators have been given a fair chance to participate.

Reference: Policies and Procedures 141.2 Technology Transfer in ARS