FLC Mid-Atlantic Region





Using Unique Federal Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

Specialized government facilities often have unique capabilities that are not otherwise available in the private sector. In fact, some federal facilities are dedicated to providing equipment, expertise, information, and other types of assistance to outside organizations. Industry access to such facilities is often available on a cost-reimbursable basis, and the information acquired generally belongs to the company. When the information is also of interest to the government or the scientific community at large, industry may be able to negotiate different terms under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or other such agreement.


In addition, some federal laboratories have provisions for undertaking sponsored research. This involves industry reimbursing the laboratory for work done at the facility. In such cases, the work carried out must require unique capabilities that are not available in the private sector.


The expertise, facilities and equipment capabilities of the federal labs in the Mid-Atlantic Region are too vast to easily capture and comprehend.  The NIH alone has about 17 million ft2 of laboratory and office space filled with equipment and thousands of personnel working on hundreds of projects.  The following pages reproduce some of the information supplied by some of the individual labs regarding their capabilities.  It is not a comprehensive treatment, but may begin to provide a sense of the assets.  Click on each item for more information.


Directories to some of the federal lab facilities include:


Available DOD Facilities
DOD laboratory and pilot plant facilities available for use are identified and sorted by facility name, lab, category, and location.


Major Facility Inventory
There are 94 research centers participating in this database of aerospace facilities.   The NASA sites are open for public viewing, as are some others.  The remaining sites are available for authorized users.

Army Research Labs
ARL's mission is to provide innovative science, technology, and analyses to enable full-spectrum operations. More Info
Jefferson Laboratory (DOE)
Scientists from across the country and around the world visit the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility to advance mankind's understanding of the atom's nucleus — and thus of matter itself. More Info
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The mission of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system and the universe through observations from space. More Info
NASA Langley Research Center
Building a bridge between NASA Earth science research and issues of national concern is the goal of the Science Directorate's Applications Program. More Info
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Wallops is now NASA's principal facility for management and implementation of suborbital research programs. More Info
National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE)
NETL focuses a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems. More Info
Research Training & Scientific Resources at NIH
The Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations (ORF) sets research facility standards around the world. More Info
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the Navy's full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), engineering and fleet support center. More Info
Naval Research Laboratories
In support of the various research areas, NRL operates a number of unique facilities that may be accessed by private companies for special testing. More Info
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division
The Carderock Division addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, from the theoretical and conceptual beginnings, through design and acquisition, to implementation and follow-on engineering. More Info
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren
NSWC Dahlgren's mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support for: Surface Warfare, Surface Ship Combat Systems, Ordnance, Strategic Systems, Mines, Amphibious Warfare Systems, Mine Countermeasures, and Special Warfare Systems. More Info
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Indian Head Division
As a Department of Defense (DOD) Energetics Center, the Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (IHDIV/NSWC) is a leader in the Navy’s Energetics Enterprise—it is our job to research and provide energetics and energetic systems for our fighting forces around the globe. More Info
USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Beltsville Institutes and Laboratories
 is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. Its job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.
More Info
USDA Agricultural Research Service Eastern Regional  Center
The mission of the Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) is to develop fundamental knowledge and technology beneficial to the producers of agricultural commodities, handlers and processors of food and industrial products, federal action and regulatory agencies and the consumer.  More Info

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