Charles Redmond Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

11, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1757)


Cheryl Eberwein National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phone: 313/995-0300) RELEASE: 93-82 NASA AND NATIONAL INDUSTRY RESEARCH GROUP SIGN AGREEMENT NASA and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) have signed an agreement which will allow the two organizations to propose joint research projects. The national center is a non-profit research consortium created by U.S. industries to conduct, sponsor, fund and otherwise promote scientific research, development and demonstrations of technologies or scientific applications which will improve manufacturing processes and materials in the United States and Canada. NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin said "One of NASA's responsibilities is to help transfer our skills and knowledge to the industrial base of this nation. This agreement will help us carry out that responsibility." Goldin added that NASA has much to learn from the NCMS member industries and looked forward to research projects which would use NASA's aeronautical and space science test facilities in joint projects with industry. Under terms of the agreement, NASA divisions or centers can propose joint research projects with individual member industries of the NCMS. The industries are equally free to

propose joint research projects with elements of NASA. The collaborative activities also can include joint workshops covering any manufacturing process or material or research facility. - more -2These separate research projects would be subject to separate agreements in two categories: reimbursable and non-reimbursable. The reimbursable activities include those uses of NASA facilities such as wind tunnels or vacuum chambers for research projects which NASA has a minimal collaborative interest. The non-reimbursable activities would include collaborative projects using NASA or NCMS industry facilities or equipment for which both parties have a strong interest. The overall agreement maintains a NASA program priority for use of facilities which might be covered in separate joint research agreements. The agreement also calls for shared distribution of profits produced by NCMS member industries achieved through collaboration with NASA. Conversely, the agreement allows NCMS members which shared in collaborative research projects to have reasonable access for reasonable periods of time to NASA patents which resulted from that research. Because the overall agreement allows for patentable research, the agreement is heavily oriented toward the protection of both NASA and NCMS member industry's intellectual and patent rights. - end -