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Agreements for Commercializing Technology

NREL uses Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) when a partner seeks highly specialized or technical services to complete a project. An ACT agreement also authorizes participating contractor-operated DOE laboratories, such as NREL, to partner with businesses using more flexible terms that are aligned with industry practice. Read more about how this partnership tool increases flexibility.

The agreement type used depends on the business, and the specific partnership selected is determined on a case-by-case basis.


The benefits of Agreements for Commercializing Technology include:

  • Intellectual Property Rights. ACT provides a more flexible framework for negotiation of intellectual property rights to facilitate moving technology from the laboratory to the marketplace as quickly as possible.

  • Payments and Indemnification. Issues ranging from payment arrangements to project structures to indemnification will also have more flexible terms.

  • Multi-Party Research and Development Partnership. ACT will facilitate the development of multi-party research and development partnerships. Groups of companies, universities and other entities may collaborate with NREL to address complex technological challenges that are of mutual interest.

More Information

To learn more about the process for establishing an ACT agreement with NREL, see technology partnership agreements, or the Partnership Agreements Matrix.


If you have any questions about ACT agreements, contact Anne Miller, 303-384-7353.