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Partnerships and Collaboration: Key Considerations and Working Effectively with Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL ) Natalie Davis Ferguson Program.

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1 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

2 Key Considerations for Collaborations and Partnerships Overview GLOBAL: The “New Normal” and the Effect on Partnerships and Collaborations REGIONAL: 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

3 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

4 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 development? Are you using all of your institutions' resources effectively? (e.g., are business schools as part of research/product development?)

5 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

6 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) The Regional Perspective: SRS Mission Management 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

7 SRNL Key Mission Areas: Considerations Prior to University Collaboration and Engagement 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?

8 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:

9 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 Through: -Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) – Defines overall intention/not legally binding -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) -Publications -Licensing Agreements (Technology Commercialization) -Externally Funded Internships

10 Primary mechanism for SRNL to perform work for a university Work for Others (WFO) Agreements 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 Key REQUIREMENT: Work must fall within/support SRNL mission Contacts: John Olschon/Belinda Beckum

11 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

12 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 organizations

13 Product/Proposal Evaluation: Win or Lose Lessons Learned Refined Template – Next Submittal Closeout Meeting Internal/External Contacts UNIVERSITY-SRNL PROPOSAL PREPARATION process benefit improved communications use of best practices increased efficiency Continuous Improvement Improvement Proactive/Ongoing SRNL Contact: Program Manager Principal Investigator (PI) SD&TP Group Proposal Management: Project Schedule/Task Coordination Funds Management/Financial Writing/Publication Support Provide Early Full Proposal Information: Proposal Requirements Proposal Schedule Funding Sources Personnel/Legal/Contracts/Equip 13

14 Business Development through Licensing Agreements Exclusive, non-exclusive, partially exclusive licenses Fairness of opportunity required Solid business plan License fees and royalties based on sales SRNL may provide technical assistance Contacts: Commercialization Managers: Dale Haas, Eric Frickey

15 Intended to create intellectual property with commercial potential Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA ) 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 Hollow Glass Micro Spheres

16 Example of Partnership: National Lab – University - Industry National Laboratory Works to meet mission need and develops new nano- material 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 collaboration Hollow Glass Micro Spheres

17 SRNL Strategic Development and Technical Partnerships Contacts ContactFunction/Research Support Area and Phone Steve Wach Acting Director, (803) Dale Haas (PM) Technology Commercialization and (803) Eric Frickey (PM) Technology Commercialization and (803) John Olschon (PM) CRADAs, Work for Others (WFO) (803) Natalie Ferguson (PM) University Partnering, Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs), Externally-Funded Internships (803) Belinda Beckum Work for Others (WFOs), Research Proposal Administration (803) Jean Campbell Publication & Non-Disclosure Agreements, License Compliance/Royalties (803) Laura Barsh Patents, Invention Disclosures, (803) Debbie Patterson University Subcontracts, Technical (803) Lucinda Davis Administrative (803)

18 Integrating internships with partnering and research collaboration Internships: Changing Environment and New Options SRNS/SRNL Traditional Internships Angela Martin, SRNS Human Resources (803) 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 (803)

19 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)

20 Checklist: Working with the New Normal Partnering/Collaboration Summary 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

21 University Partnerships and Collaboration We look forward to hearing from you! Questions? Contact: Natalie Davis Ferguson Program Manager – University Relations (803)


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