12 Mar Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
(CRADA- USDA Agriculture Research Service signed) – April 12th, 2018
SafetySpect initiated and funded the commencement of a CRADA with the USDA agency Agricultural Research Service under Agreement Number /FAIN 58-8042-8-021. This agreement secures access to government lab participation and for a sensing technology development for assessing safety, quality and integrity of seafood and meat.
CRADAs are an implementation of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-502).
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. The agency scope includes 690 research projects within 15 National Programs, 2,000 scientists and post docs, and a $1.2 bill fiscal year budget.
In carrying out a CRADA, ARS scientists are authorized to work as closely as necessary with private firms to help the companies commercialize technology based on the scientists’ research. Under a CRADA, the cooperator may provide funds to ARS. As with other ARS cooperative agreements, ARS enters into a CRADA only when the objective is in keeping with the agency’s mission.
ARS policy is to take full advantage of the Technology Transfer Act and Executive Order 12591, which charged agencies with expeditiously implementing the Technology Transfer Act. While the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) provides guidance and assistance, scientists are key to fulfilling this policy.
SafetySpect’s funding of Agreement Number/FAIN 58-8042-8-021 commenced with cooperative research commenced in 2018 with ARS’s Beltsville, MD lab (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center).