ORNL conducts sponsored research with individuals and organizations outside the Lab to accelerate the speed with which ORNL-developed technology goes to market, impacting US competitiveness. We tailor these partnerships and the resulting contractual agreements to fit our partners, who may be other national laboratories, a range of federal entities, industry, or nonprofit organizations, and type of available funding. Our sponsored research programs also provide access to User Facilities and avenues for partnering specifically with small businesses.
ORNL’s Economic Development group develops and implements industry cluster strategies, supports entrepreneurial development programs, and manages the Oak Ridge Science and Technology Park, the only research park on a national laboratory campus in the United States. Our efforts with local, state, and national partners help transfer ORNL-developed technologies and know-how to the commercial marketplace, creating new companies, new jobs, and increased US competitiveness.