Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
MDF User Program Announcement – Collaborative Technology Assessments of Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Technologies.
Private companies, universities, non-profit agencies, and other non-federal entities seeking technology solutions, or research and development partnerships, have a number of mechanisms available for engaging ORNL in such partnerships. These mechanisms are embodied in various types of partnering agreements that permit such non-federal entities to access the technologies, unique facilities, and cutting-edge expertise resident at ORNL.
Several partnership agreement types exist; the type of agreement used depends on the specific needs of the non-federal partner. A non-proprietary user agreement is used for short-term projects and is the most common type of industry partnership agreement anticipated within the MDF.
User agreements include provisions that address the protection of the partners’ existing proprietary information and intellectual property, as well as the information and intellectual property generated and made during the collaboration. More specifically, each party owns its own inventions while jointly developed inventions will be jointly owned. In all cases, U.S. Government will retain government use rights. Proprietary data used in performing the work may be protected for a period of up to three years. Information generated as a result of the collaboration will be made publicly available.