With rare exception, the VAMC functions as a separate site (i.e., not a sub-site). Generally, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is established and serves as the legal agreement between the VA and the sponsor of the study. Budgets are typically negotiated by the investigator, Larry Sama (VAMC), and Amy Morris (VAMC). Funding is sent directly to the VA.
What is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)?
A CRADA is a legal agreement between a federal agency and one or more non-federal parties. The purpose is to foster federal/private collaborations to bring new technology to the marketplace.
The government owns the invention rights of inventions that government employees made during work hours, using government resources, or that bear a direct relation to the official duties of the inventor. The government may provide personnel, services, facilities, equipment, intellectual property, and other resources, but not funds. Non-federal party may provide funds, personnel, services, facilities, equipment, intellectual property, or other resources.
If there is not already a Master CRADA in place between the VA and the study sponsor/company, the VA has a model CRADA that can be submitted to the company for review. Any requested revisions to an existing CRADA, or negotiations for a new CRADA will be handled by Larry Sama at the VAMC Foundation. The investigator should provide information for the company's contracts representative to Larry Sama.