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Collaborate with Industry


Creative collaborative partnerships can fit the unique needs of Goddard researchers when other solutions fall short. Space Act Agreements or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements facilitate collaboration through formalized partnerships.

Partnerships can help researchers access funding, equipment, materials, and skills to meet a research and development challenge that cannot be met through other programs. If a NASA researcher would like to work with industry, a university, or a government partner, SPO can help seek out partners, vet candidates, and establish agreements to make the collaboration a reality.

For example, Goddard partnered with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History through a Space Act Agreement to study the effectiveness of a Goddard-developed coating in protecting the Smithsonian Institution’s cultural artifacts and natural science specimens.

Reach out to SPO if you have an idea for pursuing a partnership. SPO’s technology managers can answer questions and provide clarity on your options.