Partnering Agreements 
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Partnering Agreements
Partnering Agreements

The Kansas City National Security Campus collaborates with Partners on projects that do not compete with the U.S. industry and utilize approved NNSA agreements. KC NSC should not be considered as a vendor, supplier, or subcontractor for the purposes of procurements or competitive bidding.

Partners may request cost estimates or quotes via an RFQ or RFI based on a Statement of Work (SOW), ask the KC NSC to participate on joint or collaborative proposals such as broad agency announcements, SBIR/STTR proposals, Department of Defense initiatives, or unsolicited proposals, or propose cost shared projects leveraging our R&D funding along with matching partner funding.

Contacting our Office of Business Development is the first step to requesting engineering services or manufacturing assistance at the Kansas City National Security Campus. In some cases, there is a need for teaming arrangements and protection of intellectual property. The Office of Business Development is your contact for proprietary information/nondisclosure agreements, memorandum of understanding, government use licenses, and letters of support for proposals.

Once a project has been identified, the Business Development manager can assist with the appropriate contracting agreement. NNSA offers approved agreements to initiate a variety of the partnership. Choosing the right agreement involves four components: project requirements, funding source and funding process, partner goals and needs, knowing how the project fits with the Kansas City National Security Campus's business objectives.

Agreements are selected based on the partner’s organization type, type of work being requested, intellectual property determinations, and type of funding used to support the project. The Kansas City National Security Campus has six types of agreements available to federal agencies, DOE/NNSA laboratories, and non-federal organizations, including U.S. industry, universities, and state and local government.

Work For Others Agreements (WFO)
Work For Others is a bilateral sales agreement used when contracting engineering services or manufacturing assistance at a NNSA federal government facility. WFO agreements have set terms as a condition for accessing the government’s capabilities. We can not accept procurements as defined by FARS or accept flow-down clause of other contracts. Partners must accept the NNSA WFO terms and conditions. WFO agreements help the KC NSC optimize plant overhead costs, better utilize available resources and facilities, and improve the overall efficiency of mission-related operations.

WFO Funds-In Agreement
When to use: When a non-federal entity wants to contract services, the partner can access the KC NSC's wide array of capabilities, facilities, and equipment for R&D, prototyping, process and product development, process validation or product enhancements. A WFO agreement can be a one time use agreement or a task order WFO agreement when on-going tasks are added throughout the duration of a program. Partner benefits: Standard legal terms and conditions, detailed cost estimate, intellectual property protection, and title to the KC NSC invention under certain agreed upon conditions. At closure, project funds that are not used are returned to the partner.

Funding Requirements: The Kansas City National Security Campus can not use non-appropriated Federal funds to support WFO work. The partner must provide advanced funding in the amount required to support the first month plus three additional months in escrow if the project is more than $25,000 and less than 120 days in duration. The partner may provide incremental funding for projects of greater cost and duration. State and Local governments and qualified universities can negotiate other arrangements.

Requirements: Requested work must not put the Kansas City National Security Campus in competition with the U.S. industry. Work cannot adversely impact the NNSA’s primary mission or create a future burden to the KC NSC. The work must complement our current capabilities.

WFO Other Federal Agency Agreement (OFA)
When to use: When a federal agency wants to contract services from the Kansas City National Security Campus, the agency can justify keeping the work within the federal government system using the Economy Act justification. The WFO OFA agreement is simply a letter of agreement to transfer funds to NNSA. The letter usually is accompanied with a MIPR or other funds transfer document depending on the agency. The agreement can be a one time use agreement or as a task order agreement when on-going tasks are added throughout the duration of a program. The agency partner can access the Kansas City National Security Campus's wide array of capabilities, facilities, and equipment for R&D, prototyping, process and product development, process validation or product enhancements.

Partner benefits: No formal legal contract, detailed cost estimate, intellectual property protection (rights belong to the Federal Government), and title to the KC NSC invention. At closure, project funds that are not used are returned to the partner.

Funding Requirements: The KC NSC can not use non-appropriated Federal funds to support WFO work. The federal agency partner must provide advanced funding in the amount required to support the first month plus three additional months in escrow if the project is more than $25,000 and less than 120 days in duration. The partner may provide incremental funding for projects of greater cost and duration.

Requirements: Requested work must not put the KC NSC in competition with the U.S. industry unless the requested work is approved under the Economy Act. Work cannot adversely impact the NNSA’s primary mission or create a future burden to the KC NSC. The work must complement our current capabilities.

User Facility Agreement
When to use: The partner can participate in the project by using the KC NSC facilities, capabilities, specialized equipment, instrumentation, and/or personnel to conduct scientific experiments, technical research, and manufacturability evaluations. Work is performed along side the KC NSC engineering personnel so to offer technical expertise and ensure compliance to safety and environmental requirements. We will provide a cost estimate based on a written statement of work negotiated with the partner. This agreement is not intended for projects that might generate intellectual property.

Partner benefits: Access to a wide array of capabilities, facilities, and equipment. All data and analysis generated belong to the partner. Protection of Partner’s intellectual property maintained.

Funding Requirements: Same advanced payment requirement as stated under the WFO agreement. Project funds must be received before work begins.

Requirements: Work cannot place the Kansas City National Security Campus in competition with U.S. industry. Work cannot adversely impact NNSA programs or create a future burden for the KC NSC. The work must complement our current capabilities. Written statement of work and cost estimate provided to partner.

Designated Capability Agreement
When to use: The Kansas City National Security Campus develops generic, pre-approved funds-in agreements focused around designated capabilities. This type of agreement allows the National Security Campus to provide similar mission-related services to different partners without duplicating documentation and processing requirements.

Partner benefits: NNSA pre-approved agreement saves processing time. Access to a wide array of capabilities, facilities, and equipment. All data and analysis generated belong to the partner. Protection of partner’s intellectual property maintained.

Funding Requirements: Same advanced payment requirement as stated under the WFO agreement. Project funds must be received before work begins.

Requirements: Work must fall within the scope of pre-approved designated facility definition. Work cannot place the Kansas City National Security Campus in competition with U.S. industry. Work cannot adversely impact NNSA programs or create a future burden for the KC NSC. The work must complement our current capabilities. Written statement of work and cost estimate provided to partner.

Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA)
 
NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY: If interested, contact 816-488-4432
Currently seeking partner(s) for the following research areas:
  • Nondestructive analysis of printed circuit board surface roughness and fiber weave
  • Applications potentially benefiting from Additive Manufacturing and/or Direct Write Electronic Manufacturing

 

When to use: The Kansas City National Security Campus and a partner collaborate and share the results of a joint research and development project. Partners can take advantage of existing or planned R&D conducted at the KC NSC by leveraging the research into a CRADA. CRADAs can have multiple entities participating with partners of similar interests in developing new technologies, process, or solving complex engineering problems.

Partner benefits: Each partner may take title to its own CRADA-generated intellectual property. The partner has the option to obtain a license to all CRADA-generated intellectual property. CRADA-generated information can be protected up to five years. Partners and Kansas City National Security Campus intellectual property defined and protected.

Funding Requirements: CRADAs can be 100% funded by the partner or cost shared between the partners. In a few cases, we will fund a portion of the work and the partner must contribute an equivalent amount of in-kind effort. In-kind contributions are labor, and possibly property or services applied to the partner’s contributed effort. Funds to support the Kansas City National Security Campus must be received before work begins. Written statement of work and cost estimate provided to partner.

Requirements: Work cannot adversely impact NNSA programs or create a future burden for the Kansas City National Security Campus. The work must complement our current capabilities. CRADAs must show benefit to the United States economy or U.S. industry. Approval by NNSA is required. The KC NSC generates a final report upon completion of all CRADA projects.