Doing Research with West Point
The Army, the Department of Defense, and industry partners often call upon West Point researchers to assist on complex projects. Our unique combination of experts in a wide spectrum of academic domains combined with our multidisciplinary approach is an asset to many outside the walls of West Point. Effective in FY 2015, West Point will be instituting a 7.5% General & Administrative fee (G&A) for all reimbursable research funds. For information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Velilla, x2764.
General & Administrative Fee Memorandum.pdf
The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) or ASA(ALT) has granted authority to the US Military Academy at West Point to participate in the Army Domestic Technology Transfer Program (ADTTP), to enter into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), and to license, assign or waive rights to intellectual property created by USMA. The memorandum of authority is below:
USMA ADTTP Authorization Mar 2009.pdf
West Point's research programs fall under the oversight of the Dean of the Academic Board and the Associate Dean for Research. Policy for the execution of research activities is documented in the Dean's Policy and Operating Memorandum 5-01 and 5-02.
DPOM 5-1 (15Feb15).pdf
West Point's Business Codes
NAICS: 611310 - Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
PSC: AD21 - R&D Defense Other: Services (Basic Research)
Research Financial Transaction Procedures
West Point researchers engaged with external partners and pursuing financial support should begin the process by contacting the Research Operations office (Dr. Elizabeth Velilla, x2764; Ms. Lesley Beckstrom, x5105; or Mr. Besim Hoxha, x6318). The RO staff will assist researchers in the coordination between the technical and budget contacts of external organizations, West Point research teams, and the West Point resource managers (G-8 and PRD).
Following the development of initial statements of work (SOW) and relevant agreements between parties, the RO staff will coordinate meetings to bring all applicable participants in a transaction together to finalize necessary actions.
Below is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for entering and executing reimbursable agreements:
SOP REIM - IN - 2016, SIGNED 18 APR 16.pdf
SOP REIM - IN Annexes ao MAR 16.pdf
To view transaction status, those with portal.westpoint.edu server access may go here for the Daily USMA G-8 Status of Funds (SOF) Reports. Please contact Ms. Lesley Beckstrom (x5105) for access information.
Research Forms and Documents
The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is one of the principal mechanisms used by federal research institutions and laboratories to engage in collaborative efforts with non-federal partners to achieve the goals of technology transfer. The CRADA, which is not an acquisition or procurement vehicle, is designed to be a relatively easy mechanism to implement, requiring less time and effort to initiate than previous methods for working with non-government organizations. The CRADA is also intended to take into account the needs and desires of private industry when commercializing a product. Because each agency and laboratory is free to develop its own CRADA model, technology transfer personnel must ensure that they utilize their agency's specific wording and format for CRADAs. Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Velilla (x2764) for additional information.
CRADA SOP May 2007.pdf
Department of Defense CRADA Template.docx
Education Partnerships Agreements (EPAs). EPAs regulate partnerships with primary or secondary schools, colleges, universities, or non-profit organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. USMA may loan equipment and personnel to partners, invite partners to participate in our research projects, and allow USMA personnel to assist in developing courses and course materials for EPA partners. Unlike CRADAs, which benefit both parties, EPAs should be used for partnerships which primarily benefit the partner institution.
EPA - Template - 11 SEP 15.docx
Interservice Support Agreements are used when a DOD agency provides support and/or accepts funds from other agencies within the Department of Defense. The DD 1144 satisfies DoD Financial Management Regulation (FMR) Volume 11A section 010204 which states “Orders must be supported by documented evidence of a formal offer and acceptance between the grantor and grantee of the order." Please contact Ms. Lesley Beckstrom (x5105) for further information.
DD 1144 form - Template.pdf
DD1144 Support Agreement Instructions and Process.docx
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines a “general area of understanding” within both parties' authorities and no transfer of funds for services is anticipated. MOUs often state common goals and nothing more. Thus, MOUs do not contemplate funds transfers and should usually include language that states something similar to: “This is not a funds obligating document; by signing this agreement the parties are not bound to take any action or fund any initiative.” An MOU may be used to outline the operation of a program so that it functions a certain way. For example, two agencies that have similar goals may agree to work together to solve a problem or support each other’s activities by using an MOU. The MOU is nothing more than a formalized handshake. An MOU Example:
MOU Example - MAA PREP- USMA Nov 2011.pdf
Intellectual Property and Patent Filing Information
The Research Operations office provides support to West Point researchers pursuing licenses and patents for intellectual property. During Projects Day in May of each year, a team from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) assists researchers in the application and filing process. Below are links to relevant information:
Patent Guide - US AMC - May 1997.pdf
Invention Disclosure Guidance - ARDEC Feb 2012.doc
Invention Rights Questionnaire - DA Form 2871-R.doc
Patent Disclosure AMC 384-R and Record of Invention AMC 1255-R-E.doc
Invention Briefing Template - IEC rev1.ppt
End-of-Year (EOY) Contracting Activities
EOY contracting requires smart planning, synchronized preparation, and unified effort. The document below provides guidance for the submission of FY2014 EOY requirements:
FY16 MICC End of Year Letter.pdf
Academic Research Opportunities
West Point has a vibrant research culture that crosses many disciplines.
Fullbright Scholars - Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Visiting Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 155 countries. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries. Any given year, West Point sponsors 3-5 Fullbright Scholars to perform their research at the United States Military Academy. In some cases, the Fullbright Scholar teaches courses while also performing their research.
Fullbright GSA-PSA Legal Review.pdf