The Department of Energy (DOE) requires that all non-governmental users of DOE user facilities have a signed user agreement between the institution of the researcher using the institution and the DOE laboratory that manages the facility. If your institution is not on this list of active user agreements, please contact the LANSCE User Program Coordinator to start setting up a user agreement. Percentages of time in user institutions can be attributed to proprietary research that uses unique capabilities for the benefit of the national economy. Therefore, those who do proprietary searches can access the installation as users. For one`s own research, one obtains full cost coverage. There are agreements to ensure adequate control of the intellectual property of proprietary users so that they can use their experimental results. You can find the current list of DOE-designated user services that offer non-owner and/or user owner agreements under the Designated Proprietary User Facilities section. This list can be updated regularly. A specific user agreement may also be available for industrial users` access to certain supercomptration devices listed in the devices listed below. Access to other DOE equipment and resources not listed in the approved designated lists, which may also be referred to as « usage devices, » is typically in the form of WFOs or CRADA. The User Facility Agreement (UFA) is a contractual agreement between the laboratory and external parties that allows external users, including scientists and engineers from industry, academia and other government authorities, to conduct research with the laboratory`s unique experimental research equipment and facilities. Only one user agreement is required between a visiting organization and the laboratory. Several efforts of several people from the same institution may be covered by an agreement.

For commercial research, researchers can try to use the proprietary use agreement. Under this type of contract, the user bears the full costs associated with the use of specialized laboratory equipment and, with limited exceptions, retains the generated technical data as well as the rights to new inventions as property. A more complete description and model of this type of agreement can be found in Appendix A of the class waiver for protected users. Today, we maintain and operate 28 science user facilities in national doe laboratories across the country as common resources to the scientific community, with access to competition being determined by peer review. Tens of thousands of researchers use these facilities every year. Easy access to users is a priority Regular communication with the partner is essential for agreements to succeed. Work only begins when partner funding has been received and a program code has been put in place. The specifications may contain information belonging to the company (OUO) that cannot be disclosed. Non-ownership agreements should be used to ensure that the results of the activity are published and made available to the public. Proprietary agreements are to be used when information received from research is not publicly available.

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