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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center 
Environmental Laboratory 
3909 Halls Ferry Road 
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

How to Work with Us

EL scientists and engineers work with many Corps Districts and Offices, Army Installations and Centers, DoD, Other Federal Agencies, International governments and organizations, State Agencies, Localities, Academia and in the non-governmental private sector providing expertise, research support, and opportunities to perform collaborative work. There are various mechanisms to obtain support from EL or to collaborate with EL. Listed below are several common partnering categories and a brief description of the mechanisms involved in developing these partnerships. Details and procedures can be obtained from the Corps Office of Technology Transfer and the local Corps contracting offices.

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EL participates in or is in partnerships with many Corps Project Delivery Teams (PDT). Adding an EL scientist or engineer to a PDT or requesting R&D support from EL is a simple process. The first step is to contact the POC listed in the area of interest or expertise. If you are unsure about which area of interest or expertise, simply call or send an email to the general contact POC. The POC will make sure that the scientist or engineer in EL who is most appropriate for your needs is alerted to contact you. If significant involvement in a project or PDT is appropriate, a scope of work, schedule and budget will be generated by the EL scientist/engineer to the satisfaction of the PDT or project manager. A MIPR from the funding source can be sent to the appropriate EL budget analyst. EL will work with districts to conform to their P2 needs as the system develops.

EL partners with many non-Corps, DoD installations, agencies, and centers. These partnerships are a significant part of our R&D support. To obtain services from an EL scientist or engineer, the first step is to contact the POC listed in the area of interest or expertise. If you are unsure about which area of interest or expertise, simply call or send an email to the general contact POC. The POC will make sure that the scientist or engineer in EL who is most appropriate for your needs is alerted to contact you. If significant involvement in a project or team is appropriate, a scope of work, schedule and budget will be generated by the EL scientist/engineer to the satisfaction of the requesting agency. Upon acceptance of the scope of work, a MIPER of funds is sent from the agency to the appropriate EL budget analyst for either military or civil works funding and input into the project management system.

Several Acts and Authorities allow EL to work with other Federal agencies, State Agencies, Localities, International entities, Universities and the private sector. Several mechanisms are available to facilitate these activities. The main complications are that there must be some Authority to allow the work, advance payment is required, and there can be no "reasonable or expeditiously available" source in the private sector.

The first step is to contact the POC listed in the area of interest or expertise. If you are unsure about which area of interest or expertise, simply call or send an email to the general contact POC. The POC will make sure that the scientist or engineer in EL who is most appropriate for your needs is alerted to contact you. If significant involvement in a project or team is appropriate, a scope of work, schedule and budget will be generated by the EL scientist/engineer to the satisfaction the requesting agency with the assistance and advise of the Corps Technology Transfer Official (TTO). The TTO will work with the EL scientist the requesting agency to find the appropriate authority for performing the work and ensuring that all coordination occurs as required. The TTO works in the negotiations between the agencies and prepares the final agreements on scope, schedule and budget and obtains the signatures required for funds transfer.

Other partnering opportunities are available with EL scientists. Mechanisms for partnerships include but are not limited to:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), which allow joint R&D,
  • Patent License Agreements (PLAs) for commercialization of patents,
  • Technical Assistance Agreements (TAAs) for joint R&D or consulting,
  • Educational Partnering Agreements (EPAs) promoting science education with academia,
  • Among many others. EL scientists working with the Office of Technology Transfer can find many mechanisms for collaborative efforts.