Discover. Connect. Partner.

The Office of Technology Transitions’ Lab Partnering Service (LPS) offers unprecedented access to the world’s most advanced scientific facilities and researchers across the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) National Laboratory complex.

LPS provides investors, industry partners, and other parties looking to advance energy innovation a single online platform to connect with leading DOE National Lab technical experts to quickly answer innovation questions, as well as discover opportunities for building partnerships.

Visitors can easily search technologies, facilities, experts, and patents tailored to their individual needs.

Whether you are a small or large business, VC, university, or non-profit, LPS offers endless opportunities to connect with the department's National Laboratories, sites, and facilities to take your research or product to the next level.

Licensable Technologies

Review thousands of advanced technologies that were developed with DOE funding and are available for licensing. You'll gain insight into available patents, patent applications, and publications ready for licensing. Connect with the National Lab directly, right from the technology description.

Facilities Database

National Laboratories have state-of-the-art facilities that are open to industrial and academic users to leverage while innovating and tackling the world's most challenging scientific issues. Browse over 350 facility descriptions to discover and learn about each lab, then easily contact the right person to quickly and easily start working together. 

Connect with Experts

LPS has over 500 energy experts ready to answer your questions. Find and quickly connect with National Lab experts by searching for technologies and keywords.

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • High Energy Physics
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Materials Science
  • Micro & Nanotechnology

Patent Search

The LPS Visual Patent Search enables a unique, visually facilitated search of available patent content. This portfolio contains over 25,000 published U.S. patent applications and issued patents resulting from R&D funded by DOE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over the last 17 years.

Search nearly 900 keywords including:

  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Math and Physical Sciences
  • Sensing Detecting Monitoring
  • Computer Sciences
  • Devices
  • Fabrication and Manufacturing
  • Analysis
  • Life Sciences
  • Infrastructure

Partnering Mechanisms

Working with National Labs can transpire through several different partnering mechanisms, and LPS can help navigate the different options:

  • Strategic Partnership Project (SPP): Work done by a Laboratory for businesses and other non-federal entities to perform a defined scope of work on a full-cost recovery basis.
  • Cooperative Research And Development Agreements (CRADA): A partnership between one or more Laboratories and non-federal entities to collaborate and share the results of a research and development project. 
  • Agreements For Commercializing Technology (ACT): A flexible, fast, business-friendly technology transfer tool where Laboratories and a non-federal entity complete a project together.
  • Technology Licensing Agreement: Businesses or other non-federal entities license Lab technologies. 
  • Material Transfer Agreement (MTA): Protects biological materials and tangible research products.
  • User Facility Agreements (UFA): Industrial and academic partners may access facilities, specialized equipment, instrumentation, and personnel to conduct research.
  • Small Business Research and Development Programs: Small businesses collaborate with Labs as a subcontractor. 
  • Technical Assistance: Lab experts provide short-term assistance to small businesses solving important challenges free of charge.