Accessing the Laboratory

The Ames Laboratory welcomes collaboration with industry.  We have the highest integration of any national lab with a university campus.  As a federally funded facility, Ames Lab has scientific and technical capabilities in areas that support key national missions.  These capabilities are also critical to the continued growth of U.S. industries and services.  Collaborations between industry and the Ames Laboratory can help both parties meet common technical objectives while reducing development risks and leveraging resources.

Ames Laboratory has a portfolio of technologies available for licensing. As Ames Lab’s Intellectual Prop­erty rights may be retained by Iowa State University, under a contractual mechanism known as privately funded technology transfer, ISU performs pat­enting and licensing activities on be­half of Ames Laboratory. Through our technology transfer mechanisms, we can provide additional support to the licensee to help further the technology, or to possibly find new applications for a licensed technology.

Ames Laboratory can and does enter into non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, personnel exchanges, and beta-testing agreements with various entities. We are also happy to partner with small businesses to respond to SBIR and STTR call for proposals, large businesses, universities and other National Laboratories on other types of proposal calls, and with industry on 100% funds-in projects.  For information regarding our partnering mechanisms, see our contract research page.

Sponsors of work need a DUNS number, including all foreign sponsors.  If you do not have a DUNS number, you can obtain one here.  Obtaining a DUNS number is free for all businesses required to register with the U.S. Federal government.  Sponsors also need to be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM)

For more information on doing business with the Ames Laboratory, please see our brochure.