Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)

Partnerships and Collaboration: Key Considerations and
Working Effectively with Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)
Natalie Davis Ferguson
Program Manager – University Relations
National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance
June 6, 2013
• Key Considerations for Collaborations and Partnerships
• The “New Normal” and the Effect on Partnerships and Collaborations
• Understanding SRS/SRNL Missions (Program Areas for Collaboration)
• Business Mechanisms for Working with SRNL
• SRNL Partnership/Collaboration Contacts
• Research Partnerships - Internship Opportunities
• Traditional and Externally Funded Internships
• National Opportunities
• Win – Win – Win Checklist
• The “New Normal” has an Effect on Partnerships and Collaborations
National and Global Perspectives and Impacts:
• Once plentiful funding is becoming more limited
• Global economy, sequestration impacts
• Staffing reductions – Industry and institutions are “right-sizing”
• Industry focal point - unique business “core competencies”
• University tenure more difficult to obtain
• Large postdoctoral community – salary deflation
• Aging U.S. workforce – workforce pipeline needs
• Collaborations are driven toward “Success in the Marketplace”
• Financial results and “the product” are key
• Student/faculty internships
• Faculty and student competition is fierce
• Volunteering for work experience is increasing
• This is NOT “Bad News,” but factors that must considered in
structuring partnerships: Win – Win – Win
• The “New Normal” has an Effect on Partnerships and Collaborations
Structuring Partnerships and Collaborations:
• Look for new untapped, uncommon funding options
• The 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 “Integrator”
• Understand the strengths and “REACH” each partner brings to the table
• Technical (capabilities and competencies)
• Workforce Development (professionals and students)
• Business strategy/agility - cradle to grave strengths
• Advocacy, contacts and ongoing communication
• Is your “Product” worth paying for? ($ $ $ $)
• Where is your market? Does it develop your community/region?
• Does your income stream reach into the future and how?
• Are your faculty and students aware of new in-roads to funding and workforce
• Are you using all of your institutions' resources effectively? (e.g., are business
schools as part of research/product development?)
• Partnerships and Collaborations on the Regional Level:
Working Effectively With Savannah River National Laboratory
• Understanding SRS/SRNL Missions - Program Areas for Collaboration
• Business Mechanisms for Working with SRNL
• SRNL Partnership/Collaboration Contacts
• Research Partnerships - SRNL Internship Opportunities
• Traditional Internships
• Externally Funded Internships
• Win – Win - Win
The Regional Perspective: SRS Mission Management
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS)
SRNS is the M&O contractor for DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.
The primary initiatives for SRNS are national
security, clean energy and environmental stewardship.
– We provide nuclear materials management to support
national defense and U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
– We support the National Nuclear Security Administration
by extracting tritium and delivering products to military and
weapons design agencies.
– We develop and deploy environmental cleanup technologies.
– We conduct technology R&D on national energy independence initiatives
Savannah River National Lab (SRNL) provides the R&D and technical
support for these initiatives and serves as the DOE-EM Corporate Laboratory
Considerations Prior to University Collaboration and Engagement
• SRNL Key Mission Areas:
• Environmental Stewardship
• National Security
• Clean Energy
• Nuclear Expertise is the Strategic Mission Focus/Competency
• SRNL is an Applied Science Laboratory (versus Basic Research)
• Key Questions:
• Is your project within or building one of the key mission areas?
• Do you have funding to:
• Cover your portion of work to be done under a joint proposal?
• Send funds to SRNL for work to be done in support of your project?
We Put Science To Work™
• SRNL Supports University Collaboration and Offers:
A Wide Spectrum of Expertise
Availability of Facilities & Equipment
Proposal Letters of Support
Portfolio of Available Technologies for Licensing
Collaborative R& D Opportunities
Collaboration and Technology Information via SRNL’s External Website:
Technology Info via DOE’s Energy Innovation Portal:
Sponsored Research and Partnering Mechanisms
SRNL Strategic Development and Technical Partnerships Group is
the Counterpart to the Office of Sponsored Programs
• SRNL Welcomes New Business and Partnering Opportunities
Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) – Defines overall intention/not legally
Collaboration Workshops – January 2013 HBCU-SRNL Event
Work for Others (WFO) Agreements
Joint Proposals (University, Industry and Agency Partnerships)
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
Licensing Agreements (Technology Commercialization)
Externally Funded Internships
Work for Others (WFO) Agreements
Primary mechanism for SRNL to perform work for a university
Contracted research work to be done by SRNL for a specific customer
Well-defined scope
Participant pays all costs
Participant must certify that SRNL is not in direct competition with
the domestic private sector
• Not intended to create intellectual property
Work must fall within/support SRNL mission
• Contacts: John Olschon/Belinda Beckum
Facilitating Partnering Opportunities
University MOAs
• Memorandums of Agreement to seek opportunities for collaboration
• Baseline business and partnering documents and templates
• Principal contacts developed
University Subcontracts
• To access key university facilities and expertise
SRNL – HBCU Research Collaboration Workshop – Jan 2013:
• Seven HBCUs attended
• Student/SRNL Research Poster Sessions (DOE-EM Grant Research)
• Working luncheon
• Professional networking leading to new collaborations and research programs
Joint Proposals
• Developed in conjunction with SRNL Principal Investigator (PI)
in response to broad agency announcement
• Must clearly be within SRNL mission areas
• Example: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Workforce Development
• Contact your SRNL PI early
• SRNL may have limitations on participation
• Funding receipt restrictions (No transfer of grant funding allowed)
• Best option: Fund each partner directly from funding institution
• Externally funded student participants/interns – growing interest
(e.g., for National Science Foundation-type grants)
• Timeline is critical – allow sufficient review and approval time through both
• Proactive/Ongoing SRNL Contact:
Program Manager
Principal Investigator (PI)
SD&TP Group
• Provide Early Full Proposal Information:
Proposal Requirements
Proposal Schedule
Funding Sources
• Proposal Management:
Project Schedule/Task Coordination
Funds Management/Financial
Writing/Publication Support
• Product/Proposal Evaluation:
Win or Lose Lessons Learned
Refined Template – Next Submittal
Closeout Meeting
Internal/External Contacts
• improved
• use of
best practices
• increased
 Continuous
Business Development through Licensing Agreements
• Exclusive, non-exclusive, partially
exclusive licenses
Fairness of opportunity required
Solid business plan
License fees and royalties based on
SRNL may provide technical
Commercialization Managers:
Dale Haas, Eric Frickey
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
Intended to create intellectual property with commercial potential
Hollow Glass
Micro Spheres
If participant invents, participant owns
If SRNL invents, SRNL owns
Joint ownership for joint inventions
U.S. Government retains nonexclusive, worldwide,
no cost license
Research tasks split between participant and SRNL
Participant typically pays all costs
Participant may negotiate exclusive license to SRNL
inventions for specified period of time
Participant must certify that resulting products will be
manufactured in the U.S. or provide a statement of
alternative benefits to the U.S.
Contact: John Olschon
Example of Partnership: National Lab – University - Industry
National Laboratory
• Works to meet mission need and develops new nanomaterial for energy (hydrogen storage), environment,
homeland security and medical applications.
• Patent is issued
• Patent is available for licensing
University Medical Center and Manufacturer
• Obtain license to use Lab technology
Business Result
• New medical and industry applications for
technology initially meant for National Lab use.
• Product is now commercially available
• R&D 100 Award Winner
Education Component
• Multi-year project for internships and research
Hollow Glass
Micro Spheres
SRNL Strategic Development and Technical Partnerships Contacts
Function/Research Support Area
E-mail and Phone
Steve Wach
Acting Director, SD&TP
[email protected]
(803) 725-3020
Dale Haas (PM)
Technology Commercialization and Licensing
[email protected]
(803) 725- 4185
Eric Frickey (PM)
Technology Commercialization and Licensing
[email protected]
(803) 725-0406
John Olschon (PM)
CRADAs, Work for Others (WFO) Agreements
[email protected]
(803) 725-8125
Natalie Ferguson (PM)
University Partnering, Memorandums of Agreement
(MOAs), Externally-Funded Internships
[email protected]
(803) 725-2600
Belinda Beckum
Work for Others (WFOs), Research Proposal
[email protected]
(803) 725-5253
Jean Campbell
Publication & Non-Disclosure Agreements, License
[email protected]
(803) 725-3852
Laura Barsh
Patents, Invention Disclosures, Copyrights
[email protected]
(803) 725-3426
Debbie Patterson
University Subcontracts, Technical Briefs
[email protected]
(803) 725-3828
Lucinda Davis
Administrative Support
[email protected]
(803) 725-7429
Internships: Changing Environment and New Options
Integrating internships with partnering and research collaboration
• SRNS/SRNL Traditional Internships
Angela Martin, SRNS Human Resources
[email protected]
(803) 952-9287
• Internship Application via SRNS Website:
>Careers >Career Opportunities (Brass Ring)
• Must Complete Job Application On-line
• Externally Funded Internships
Natalie Davis Ferguson, SRNL SD&TP
[email protected]
(803) 725-2600
National Internship and Partnering Options
• Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Nuclear Forensics
• National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
• Minority Serving Institution Initiative
• Multi-HBCU collaboration team based
• DOE Fellowship Programs (OS)
• Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators
• DOE Fellows (Students)
• Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (OS) – Workforce
Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) – via National Labs
• Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
• Community College Initiative (CCI)
• Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)
Partnering/Collaboration Summary
Checklist: Working with the New Normal
• Solid knowledge of potential collaboration areas:
• Mission critical
• Competency focused
• Generation of a clear product with a “Future”
• Early communication with SRNL PI and SD&TP
• Funding plan (Multi-year/Sponsors)
• Strong points of your organization
• Win-Win-Win Scenarios:
• Technology, Business Development, Advocacy and Workforce Development
University Partnerships and Collaboration
• We look forward to hearing from you!
• Questions?
• Contact:
Natalie Davis Ferguson
Program Manager – University Relations
(803) 725-2600
[email protected]

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