Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
BARDA uses other transaction agreements (OTAs), a type of flexible, strategic partnership between the government and industry, to foster innovation and promote collaboration. OTAs help BARDA identify and attract nontraditional commercial firms or consortia to partner with the government.
BARDA uses OTAs to further its advanced research and development goals, promote innovation, and support the mission of the HHS Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise.
OTAs may include provisions that promote:
An Other Transaction for Advanced Research (OTAR) is the legally binding, non-acquisition instrument used to advance research and development. OTARs provide flexibilities in the application of many laws and regulations that are not typically used in the commercial sector.
OTARs can be used only if at least one of the following conditions exist:
OTARs provide flexibilities in the application of many laws and regulations that are not typically used in the commercial sector while enabling BARDA to maintain proper stewardship of federal funds. To the maximum extent practicable, cost or resource sharing of program costs between the government and the nonfederal parties is encouraged.
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