Annotated List of 36 Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC): Fiscal Year 2001

Descriptions of Individual Federally Funded Research and Development Centers




Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center
(The Aerospace Corporation), El Segundo, CA. Department of Defense, Air Force.

Its sponsoring agreement calls for advanced systems architecture, concept analysis and planning; research, experimentation, systems engineering and integration; recommendations of technical direction and general technical supervision in the complete field of U.S. Government national security space systems. The purposes of the Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center are to provide scientific and engineering support involving launch, space, and related ground support systems; to engage in, assist and contribute to the support of scientific activities and projects; to perform and engage in research, development and advisory services; and to provide general systems engineering, engineering support, and systems integration support to the U.S. Government.

The mission of the Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center is to aid the United States Air Force and the U.S. Government in applying the full resources of modern science and technology to achieve continuing advances in military space and space related systems which are basic to national security; to provide the Air Force's space efforts with an organization which is objective, possesses high technical competence, and is characterized by permanence and stability; to provide a vital link between the U.S. Government and the scientific and industrial organizations in the country with a capability and an interest in the space field; and, through its unique role, to help to ensure that the full technical resources of the nation are properly applied, and that the potential advances in the space field are realized in the shortest possible time.

The Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center shall not undertake work for any concern/organization having a commercial (for profit) or industrial interest.

Ames Laboratory
(Iowa State University of Science and Technology), Ames, IA. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for basic and applied physical, engineering, and environmental research in the disciplinary areas of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, mathematics, engineering, computer, ceramics, and related fields; development of advanced and innovative materials and chemical synthesis processing evaluation techniques and instrumentation; and developmental research on purification techniques for, and the actual production and characterization of, research quantities of such materials as: actinide metals, the rare earth metals and compounds, the alkaline earths, refractory metals, composite materials, single crystals, amorphous and thin films, ceramic powders, and others.

The contract also encourages the laboratory to be involved in technology transfer and to cooperate with industrial, academic and nonprofit organizations. Principal mechanisms are: cooperative research and development access to facilities; reimbursable work for non-Department of Energy (DOE) activities; personnel exchanges; and licenses. The laboratory may conduct R&D work for non-DOE sponsors provided it does not place the facilities in direct competition with the private sector.

Argonne National Laboratory
(University of Chicago), Argonne, IL. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for:

Basic research in areas of science and technology, including experimental and theoretical research in the physical, life, and environmental sciences to advance scientific understanding generally and to support development of energy technologies. Major research interests include advanced techniques using synchrotron radiation for research in the physical and life sciences, algorithms and tools for massively parallel computers, studies of the human genome, synthesis of advanced materials, and detector systems for use at other research centers.

Development and operation of national research facilities.

Energy and environmental technology including advanced nuclear power systems and nonproliferation; advanced fuel development; spent fuel treatment; safety, decontamination and decommissioning; R&D on selected technologies in conservation, renewable energy, and fossil energy; and supporting research in materials, chemical, and electrochemical technologies.

Environmental Management.

The contract also encourages the laboratory to be involved in technology transfer and to cooperate with industrial, academic and nonprofit organizations. Principal mechanisms are: cooperative research and development; access to facilities; reimbursable work for non-Department of Energy (DOE) activities; personnel exchanges; and licenses. The laboratory may conduct R&D work for non-DOE sponsors provided it does not place the facilities in direct competition with the private sector.

Arroyo Center
(RAND Corp.), Santa Monica, CA. Department of Defense, Army.

The Arroyo Center's efforts are generally focused on mid- to far-term, policy-oriented issues and are designed to assist the Army in improving its efficiency and effectiveness. It maintains both a technical and non-technical capability in a broad range of matters of concern to the Army. This includes the ability to address, through formal studies and analyses, a variety of problems potentially affecting Army missions and organizations, including threats, strategy, tactics, operations, technology, and resource management.

Its sponsoring agreement precludes work with non-government entities.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
(Brookhaven Science Associates), Upton, Long Island, NY. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for performance of research in a multi-disciplinary context in the energy sciences, general sciences, biosciences and computational sciences, and other areas in a manner that ensures employee and public safety and protection of the environment.

The Laboratory may be authorized to pursue other Department of Energy (DOE) and non-DOE missions (most notably those of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Institutes of Health) that derive from the Laboratory's missions and utilize the Laboratory's core competencies.

Subject to the prior written permission of the DOE Contracting Officer, Brookhaven Science Associates may, through the Laboratory, perform non-DOE activities that are consistent with, and complementary to, the DOE's mission and the Laboratory's mission under the contract. Such proposed work may be for non-Federal entities or other Federal agencies. Primary consideration in approving such work is that the proposed work will not place the Laboratory in direct competition with domestic non-Federal entities.

C3I Federally Funded Research & Development Center
(MITRE Corp.), Bedford, MA and McLean, VA. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

C3I's Statement of Work states:

The purpose of the C3I Federally Funded Research and Development Center is to enable the Department of Defense (DOD) to access the private sector's engineering expertise. The C3I Federally Funded Research and Development Center applies engineering disciplines and principles to DOD's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) mission areas. It provides support to DOD to (a) achieve the maximum possible capability, cost effectiveness and interoperability of the current C4ISR system, (b) design and implement the C4ISR system of the future, and (c) protect DOD's information system and their supporting infrastructure against hostile information operations.

C3Is Sponsoring Agreement states:

MITRE undertakes no work for or with a commercial, profit-seeking customer, unless prior expressed consent is given by the Department of Defense (DOD) sponsor.

C3I may perform core work for U.S. Federal agencies, state or local governments, other non-profit organizations, and such other entities as the DOD sponsor approves in writing.

MITRE may conduct work for foreign governments and foreign users with prior approval of the DOD sponsor.

Center for Advanced Aviation System Development
(MITRE Corp.) McLean, VA. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Its contract lists the areas in which the Center will support the work of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): airway facilities; air traffic; R&D; operations research; system engineering; facilities engineering; National Airspace System (NAS) development; systems capacity; and aviation safety oversight.

Its Memorandum of Agreement says the Center may undertake work for other sponsors or clients, both domestic and foreign, which may include government organizations or nonprofit entities that serve the public interest. Advance approval by the FAA is required and will be granted only if the FAA technical mission benefits from the work and if the mission of the Center is not negatively impacted. The Center shall not formally compete with any non-FFRDC concern in response to a Federal agency formal Request for Proposal for other than the operation of an FFRDC.

Center for Naval Analyses
(The CNA Corporation) Alexandria, VA. Department of Defense, Navy.

Its contract states that the Center for Naval Analyses is to provide an independent, authoritative source of research and analysis that is focused upon the major present and future issues affecting the Navy and Marine Corps. The Center for Naval Analyses helps the Department of the Navy and other Department of Defense decision makers make decisions about the use of current forces, about plans and policies that shape force readiness and sustainability, and about the allocation of resources among alternative future capabilities.

The Center for Naval Analyses shall not compete with any non-FFRDC concern in response to a Federal agency request for proposal for work other than the operation of an FFRDC.

Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses
(Southwest Research Institute), San Antonio, TX. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Charter within its contract states that the Center will perform, under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) direction, technical assistance and research which will support the licensing reviews and other NRC activities related to geologic repositories, monitored retrievable storage (MRS) facilities, transportation, environmental, and other activities involved in the storage and disposal of high-level nuclear waste under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. The primary areas of technical assistance and research will include: waste systems engineering and integration and overall program activities; geologic setting; engineered barrier system; transportation, special projects and analytical evaluations; and MRS and repository design, construction and operation.

The Center is strictly prohibited from competing for business without the prior approval of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(University of California), Berkeley, CA. Department of Energy.

Its contract statement of work includes fundamental and applied research in the energy sciences, including advanced materials research, chemical sciences, earth sciences, fossil, fusion, and nuclear energy research, and conservation and renewable energy research; basic research in the general sciences including nuclear physics, high energy physics, and astrophysics, as well as accelerator and advanced detector research and development; life and environmental sciences research in the genetics, structures and function of biological systems, biomedical applications, and the characterization and improvement of the environment; the maintenance of a strong multi-disciplinary, scientific and engineering, computational and information sciences base responsive to scientific issues of national importance; development and operation of unique national experimental facilities for use by qualified investigators; the advancement of science, mathematics, and engineering education; performance of technology transfer and work for others including programs designed to enhance national competitiveness in the global economy; and management and operation of the Laboratory facilities and site.

The contractor may perform work at the Laboratory for other Federal and non-federal entities provided the work is not funded by Department of Energy (DOE) appropriations, as authorized by the Contracting Officer. The work shall be consistent with, or complementary to, the missions of the facility, and provided the work does not place the facility in direct competition with the domestic private sector.

Note: The complete Contract is available on the Web.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
(Universities Research Association, Inc.), Batavia, IL. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for:

The conduct of basic research in the field of high energy physics and related disciplines involving fundamental studies and theoretical and experimental investigations which are of interest to the Department of Energy's programs.

Operation, maintenance, and upgrade of existing Laboratory facilities (including the accelerator complex, ancillary support facilities, and experimental areas) for basic research. This may also include the development of new experimental techniques, and the design, development, and fabrication of instruments, equipment, and facilities for carrying out such studies and investigations.

The contract also encourages the Laboratory to cooperate with academic and nonprofit research institutions. The contractor shall seek out opportunities to enhance technology transfer applications to support the nation's technological competitiveness. The contractor shall develop and implement initiatives, in concert with private industry, universities and other Federal agencies and laboratories, that apply the Laboratory's scientific and technical capabilities towards meeting national needs.

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
(Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC), Idaho Falls, ID. Department of Energy.

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory's (INEEL's) contract states:

The INEEL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory with environmental management (EM) as its present lead office. The primary focus of this contract will be to execute the EM Program's cleanup mission while developing and strengthening the quality and depth of the science underpinning of the INEEL research and development portfolio in support of national missions.

The contractor shall develop and utilize external partnerships to leverage Federal resource inputs and maximize the rapid deployment and exploitation of technology outputs. The contractor shall utilize best practices in intellectual property management and employ the full range of commercialization strategies practiced in the private sector (technology commercialization, spin-offs, R&D partnerships, university agreements and other combinations of strategies.)

The INEEL provides support to other Government agencies and other entities through the Work for Others Program.

NOTE: The complete contract is available on the Web at http://www.id.doe.gov/doeid/PSD/proc-div.html.

Institute for Defense Analyses Communications and Computing Federally Funded Research and Development Center
(Institute for Defense Analyses), Alexandria, VA. Department of Defense, National Security Agency.

Its sponsoring agreement states that the primary mission of Institute for Defense Analyses Communications and Computing Federally Funded Research and Development Center (IDA-C3I) is the performance of applied research and development in the highly specialized fields of cryptomathematics, cryptocomputing, and related fields such as speech research and special signals processing techniques.

IDA-C3I will perform no work for private industry. The three divisions of ID-C3I work exclusively for the National Security Agency.

Institute for Defense Analyses Studies and Analyses Federally Funded Research and Development Center
(Institute for Defense Analyses), Alexandria, VA. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Its contract calls for Institute for Defense Analyses Studies and Analyses Federally Funded Research and Development Center (IDA) to provide studies, analyses, and test and evaluation support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, and the Defense Agencies. Projects will address issues of both long-term and immediate concern in the following areas: national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise; exploration of issues in defense systems research and development; computer and software engineering; evaluation of military systems proposed or in development, and of military forces using those systems.

While the Contractor maintains core competencies to support Department of Defense (DOD), other governmental organizations sometimes face issues requiring these same capabilities. Subject to Contracting Officer's Representative's approval, the Contractor can conduct work for non-DOD organizations when it is in the best interests of the government.

IDA will perform no work for private industry.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Federally Funded Research and Development Center
(MITRE Corp.), McLean, VA. Department of the Treasury.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has undertaken a complete redesign and modernization of its computer-based information processing system through its Modernization program.

The contractor shall provide strategic, technical, and program management advice, guidance, and support services for the modernization effort and general operation of IRS information systems. Advice, guidance, and support services may be required in the following 5-task area: strategic management; procurement support and evaluation; program and project management; technical management; evaluation and audit.

The FFRDC shall direct its attention to ways in which current and newly emerging commercial technologies can be infused into the tax modernization program in a manner which holds cost and technical risk within manageable levels.

The FFRDC is expressly prohibited from competing with any non-FFRDC concern in response to a Federal agency solicitation other than for the operation of an FFRDC. However, the FFRDC's parent organization shall be prohibited from competing against or with any concern in response to any other IRS solicitation. The FFRDC is prohibited from doing work for private concerns except as may be specifically authorized in writing by the IRS. The FFRDC will support other elements of the Treasury and may perform work for other agencies in public interest situations on a non-interference basis when this work is not inconsistent with the goals of the IRS. Non-Treasury work may only be performed by the FFRDC when its performance will not degrade the FFRDC's ability to support the IRS, when it is in the public interest, and when its performance will not increase the cost to the IRS. Other users of the FFRDC may conduct a direct procurement action or — with the approval of the IRS contracting officer — may transfer the funds to the IRS under the Economy Act of 1932 (31 USC 1535) or other statutory authority.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(California Institute of Technology), Pasadena, CA. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Its contract lists tasks for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL):

Exploring the solar system including earth-based investigations. Planetary science and exploration. Major responsibilities in support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) applications, astrophysics, earth sciences, and such other high science value programs as may be established. Instrument observations from space vehicles will be a primary tool for such explorations, investigations and science programs, supported by ground-based research and laboratory experiments for such work.

Carrying out investigations and conducting studies in the field of earth sciences including research into interactions of earth's oceans, atmosphere, continents, and effects of solar energy in order to gain an integrated understanding of the total earth system. JPL will undertake mission assignments that may involve: automatic deep-space and earth-orbiting spacecraft or major subsystems; experiments, instruments, or other devices which may be carried as payload on the space shuttle or space stations, in other spacecraft or in such missions managed by others; or ground-based systems. Implicit in mission assignments is a broad range of hardware and software engineering, scientific analysis, and management effort.

Participating in NASA's Commercial Technology Program to promote the transfer of technology.

The Contractor may perform for non-NASA sponsors work which falls within the tasks listed in the contract or which makes use of its special competencies and which is designated in bilateral task orders issued by the Contracting Officer and accepted by the Contractor. In no event will JPL compete with any non-FFRDC entity in response to a Federal Agency request for proposal for other than the operation of an FFRDC nor shall JPL submit unsolicited proposals for work which is otherwise available from the private sector or which would place JPL in direct competition with domestic private industry.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
(University of California), Livermore, CA. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for:

Assuring the safety, reliability, and performance of the national nuclear weapons stockpile pursuant to national security policy;

Providing stockpile support capabilities ranging from dismantling to remanufacturing of the enduring stockpile;

Assisting in the remediation and reduction of wastes from the nuclear weapons complex;

Helping to deter, detect, and respond to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;

Contributing to civilian and industrial needs and other defense activities by using the scientific and technical expertise that derives from carrying out the Laboratory mission;

The advancement of science, mathematics, and engineering education;

Performance of technology transfer and work for others including programs designed to enhance national competitiveness in the global economy.

The Laboratory may perform work for other Federal and non-federal entities provided the work is consistent with, or complementary to, the missions of the facility, and provided the work does not place the facility in direct competition with the domestic private sector.

Note: The complete Contract is available on the Web.

Lincoln Laboratory
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Lexington, MA. Department of Defense, Air Force.

Its contract states:

The mission of Lincoln Laboratory is to carry out a program of research and development pertinent to national defense with particular emphasis on advanced electronics.

The laboratory research and development programs extend from fundamental investigations in science through the development of new advanced technologies to the integration of these technologies into new or existing systems. Technology areas include solid state electronics; radar and optical sensors; signaling processing; surveillance; communications; spacecraft; analog and digital integrated circuit technology; air traffic control; signal intercept technology; high energy laser-beam control; laser devices; optics; antennas; electromagnetic propagation; and strategic and tactical systems and countermeasures.

Lincoln Laboratory may, with written approval of the Contracting Officer: participate with industry in pre-competitive technology transfer and development collaborations, and defense conversion activities, as authorized by Federal statutes; and participate through grants, cooperative agreements, and other non-procurement instruments in consortia and similar collaborative activities which either (1) seek to advance the state-of-the-art or increase knowledge/understanding in a pre-competitive technology area which is within the mission and special competency of the Laboratory, or (2) promote the development and/or advancement of dual-use critical technologies.

Any agency of the U.S. Government, or other organizations with the approval of the Contracting Officer, may request the Contractor to undertake research and development programs. However, programs that the Contractor performs for any sponsor will be consistent with: the goals of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Mission; the broad guidance and approval obtained through the Joint Advisory Committee structure; and the funds made available and the FFRDC ceilings imposed.

Note: Lincoln Laboratory is one of only two Department of Defense FFRDCs that are approved for Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) work.

Los Alamos National Laboratory
(University of California), Los Alamos, NM. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for:

assuring the safety, reliability, and performance of the national weapons stockpile pursuant to national security policy and Presidential and Congressional directives;

providing stockpile support capabilities ranging from dismantling to remanufacturing of the enduring stockpile;

ensuring the availability and safe disposition of plutonium, highly enriched uranium, and tritium;

assisting in the remediation and reduction of wastes from the nuclear weapons complex;

helping to deter, detect, and respond to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;

contributing to civilian and industrial needs and other defense activities by using the scientific and technical expertise that derives from carrying out the Laboratory mission;

the advancement of science, math and engineering education;

performance of technology transfer and work for others including programs designed to enhance national competitiveness in the global economy; and

management and operation of the Laboratory facilities and site.

The Laboratory may perform work for other Federal and non-federal entities provided the work is consistent with, or complementary to, the missions of the facility, and provided the work does not place the facility in direct competition with the domestic private sector.

Note: The complete Contract is available on the Web.

National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
(Cornell University), Arecibo, PR. National Science Foundation.

Its cooperative agreement states that National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center's (NAIC's) mission is to support and stimulate research by the U.S. and international research community in the fields of radio and radar astronomy and upper atmospheric science. In this regard, Cornell University shall be responsible for the planning, initiation, and execution of NAIC's programs and activities, including:

  1. Staff, manage, operate, maintain, and develop the NAIC.


  2. Provide, through its staff and the facilities of the Center, scientific, technical, managerial, and other support necessary for the conduct of research programs in radio and radar astronomy, upper atmospheric sciences, and related fields. Visiting scientific investigators and the staff of the Center shall carry out the research. The major criteria for the utilization of NAIC facilities by both visitors and staff shall be the scientific merit of the proposed research, the competence of the proposing individuals, and suitability of the facilities for the proposed research as determined by the NAIC Director in accordance with existing internal and external review procedures, modified as necessary to include advice from community experts and appropriate National Science Foundation staff.


  3. Conduct a broad program of research in astronomy, upper atmospheric sciences, and related fields for its intrinsic value and for the purpose of maintaining a staff that is scientifically productive and technically current.


  4. Develop new techniques and instruments for astronomical and upper atmospheric observations and data processing, utilizing as appropriate expertise in other institutions.


  5. Promote the utilization of knowledge in astronomy, upper atmospheric sciences, and related fields, and engage in education, public outreach, and training programs.

The NAIC as an FFRDC shall not compete with any non-FFRDC concern in response to a Federal agency Request for Proposal (RFP) that would use NAIC personnel and facilities.

National Cancer Institute at Frederick
(Science Applications International Corp.; Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc.; Charles River Laboratories, Inc.; Data Management Services, Inc.), Frederick, MD. Department of Health and Human Services.

Its contract calls for scientific and technical support of National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural programs and specific research support programs such as AIDS vaccine technology, clinical services, animal sciences, pathology/histotechnology, structural biochemistry, and the biomedical supercomputing center.

Approval of the Contracting Officer is required before the Contractor enters into any agreement with or undertakes any commitment to a non-Government source for use of the facilities.

National Center for Atmospheric Research
(University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), Boulder CO. National Science Foundation.

Its cooperative agreement calls for National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to conduct, support, and stimulate research in the atmospheric sciences and related fields. NCAR will provide facilities to the research community, and develop educational and training programs in the atmospheric sciences in collaboration with academic institutions. A significant portion of the research program will be carried out in collaboration with visiting scientific investigators. A broad-based observing, computing and instrumentation program that serves the needs of NCAR and the community will be maintained and enhanced at the Center. NCAR will transfer developed technology to the U.S. Government and the private sector as appropriate.

Research and facility programs funded by agencies other than National Science Foundation (NSF) will be consistent with the NCAR mission and will complement and enhance activities funded and approved by NSF. The Awardee, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, shall not compete with any non-FFRDC concern in response to a Federal agency request for proposal (RFP) for other than the operation of an FFRDC.

National Defense Research Institute
(RAND Corp.), Santa Monica, CA. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The agreement calls for National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) to broadly support the analytical requirements of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the other Defense agencies. NDRI provides independent, objective findings and policy advice derived from research and analysis of national security problems. A wide range of research, studies and analysis are expected to be conducted in such areas as international security; acquisition and technology policy; and forces and resources policy.

Its sponsoring agreement precludes work with non-government entities.

National Optical Astronomy Observatories
(Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.), Tucson, AZ. National Science Foundation.

Its cooperative agreement calls for Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) to provide facilities, services and support to individual scientific investigators and research institutions; conduct research in astronomy and related fields; provide scientific, technical and managerial leadership in the conduct of research and technical development programs in astronomy and related fields; and engage in educational and training programs as may be appropriate in strengthening of basic research and education in astronomy throughout the U.S. and its possessions.

AURA shall provide, through its staff and the facilities of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO), scientific, technical, managerial, and other support necessary for the conduct of research programs in astronomy, solar physics, and related fields. The research shall be carried out by visiting scientific investigators and the staff of the Observatories. The major criteria for the utilization of the NOAO facilities for both visitors and staff shall be the scientific merit of the proposed research, the competence of the proposing individuals, and suitability of the facilities for the proposed research.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
(Associated Universities, Inc.), Green Bank, WV. National Science Foundation.

Its cooperative agreement calls for Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) to maintain a broad base research program at the Observatory in order to promote advances in, and the utilization of, knowledge in astronomy. AUI shall provide, scientific, managerial, and logistic support in the conduct of research programs in radio astronomy and related fields.

The research shall be carried out by visiting scientific investigators and the staff of the Observatory. The scientific merit of research proposed by visiting scientific investigators and by the Observatory staff shall be given the same considerations. The major criteria for the utilization of Observatory facilities shall be the scientific merit of the proposed research, the competence of the individual or individuals, and suitability of the Observatory facilities for the proposed research.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(Midwest Research Institute), Golden, CO. Department of Energy.

Its contract states that the Contractor shall manage and operate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct a spectrum of basic and applied research, development and demonstration activities and to facilitate the deployment of these technologies in both US and international activities. Important disciplines in which NREL must be proficient include, but are not limited to, materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, analytical support, energy economics, technology transfer, program and business planning, education, and public outreach. This proficiency must include the ability to integrate renewable technologies with conventional fuel supply sources.

The Contractor may: negotiate all aspects of, and enter into, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements; provide technical consulting and personnel exchanges; conduct science education activities and reimbursable Work for Others (WFO); provide information exchanges; and make available laboratory facilities.

NREL is expected to perform work for, or with, any Department of Energy (DOE) program sponsor; Federal, state, or local entity; private sector company or research institution; or academic institution which supports or is related to DOE's mission at NREL, as approved by the Contracting Officer.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(UT-Battelle, LLC), Oak Ridge, TN. Department of Energy.

The Laboratory mission is to conduct basic and applied research and development (R&D) in order to: (1) advance scientific knowledge, the nation's energy resources, and environmental quality; and (2) strengthen educational foundations and national economic competitiveness.

The Laboratory performs work for all Department of Energy (DOE) programs including Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy Science and Technology, Nonproliferation and National Security, Fossil Energy, Environmental Management, and Defense Programs. In accomplishing the DOE mission, the Contractor shall maintain and advance the R&D capabilities that support all four DOE business lines: Science and Technology, Energy Resources, Environmental Quality, and National Security.

DOE programs are carried out in partnership with academia, the private sector, other DOE national laboratories, the international scientific community, and other government agencies.

The Contractor is responsible for accommodating over 4,000 visiting scientists who are guests of the Laboratory every year, and maintaining over 500 agreements for 15 user facilities. Agreements are in place with other government agencies, industries, universities, and international participants.

Note: The complete Contract is available on the Web.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(Battelle Memorial Institute), Richland, WA. Department of Energy.

Its contract states:

The Contractor shall develop and deploy technology to: 1) solve national issues related to the management and remediation of hazardous and/or radioactive waste and environmental contamination, and 2) reduce future environmental concerns. The contractor shall support the Department of Energy (DOE) in developing scientifically sound tools for risk assessment and management and in carrying out risk assessment for DOE sites as appropriate. The Contractor shall contribute to the development of inherently clean process technology, both through basic science and development of technology for environmentally conscious processing and pollution prevention.

The Contractor shall conduct research to develop and deploy technology to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness and lessen environmental impacts from devices used for the generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and utilization of electric power and for the efficient use of natural gas. In addition, the Contractor shall support international agreements and enhance energy safety and reliability in the Former Soviet Union and elsewhere as directed by the DOE, contribute to the understanding of scientific, technological and policy issues that impact energy policy and global environmental change, and contribute to energy efficiency in transportation and industrial processes.

The Contractor shall conduct fundamental research in the environmental and energy sciences, including contaminant transport and fate in the atmosphere and in the subsurface and marine environments, the interaction of contaminants with living systems, and climate research. The Contractor shall conduct work in the materials, chemical, and life sciences with particular emphasis on environmental, energy, health and medical as well as information systems applications.

The Contractor shall support national security policy development and implementation and develop and apply technology to implement national security policy, particularly in the areas of nonproliferation and arms control; support international cooperative efforts in nuclear safety and environmental security; and provide technologies to meet additional national security requirements identified by DOE.

The contractor will also perform human health research, technology transfer and cooperation with industrial organizations, university research partnerships and science education programs, and international research collaboration.

The Contractor shall conduct research and development work for non-DOE sponsors which: 1) is consistent with and complementary to the DOE's mission under this Contract; 2) does not adversely impact or interfere with execution of DOE assigned programs; 3) does not place the Laboratory in direct competition with the private sector; and 4) is of a nature where the Laboratory's personnel or facilities are particularly well-adapted and available. The Contractor may, only as authorized in writing by the DOE Contracting Officer, conduct such work for non-DOE sponsors.

The Contractor will direct core competencies into creative research projects for DOE in partnership(s) with universities, other Federal laboratories and the private sector. Opportunities to transfer technology into useful products and processes should be conducted in close cooperation with private sector sponsors. The Contractor shall make it possible for the private sector to join in development/operation activities with the Laboratory to enhance teamwork and technology transfer.

Note: The complete Contract is available on the Web.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
(Princeton University), Princeton, NJ. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for the contractor to manage and operate the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in a cost effective manner and perform research, development, demonstration, training, technology transfer, and education. The programs include: basic plasma physics and engineering research work; magnetic fusion energy research; energy and environmental technology; environmental management; protection of the worker, the public and the environment; technical evaluation; and science and mathematics education.

The basic objectives of the magnetic fusion energy research are the attainment and investigation of the properties of plasmas under conditions typical of fusion reactors, and the study of the physics of burning plasmas. Inherent in the pursuit of these objectives are both experimental and theoretical efforts aimed at scientific understanding of the underlying principles as well as engineering and technology development work required for solving design problems of experimental devices, including factors relating to safety and environmental acceptance of both near term experimental devices and future power plants.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is to engage in technology transfer and cooperation with industrial organizations, and in international collaboration. Subject to prior written approval of the Contracting Officer, and in compliance with applicable requirements, the Contractor may, through the Laboratory, perform non-Department of Energy (DOE) activities that are consistent with and complementary to the DOE's mission and the Laboratory's mission under its contract.

Project Air Force
(RAND Corp.), Santa Monica, CA. Department of Defense, Air Force.

Its contract states that the contractor shall perform a program of study and research on the broad subject of Aerospace Power with the object of recommending to the U.S. Air Force preferred methods, techniques, and instrumentalities for the development and employment of Aerospace Power. The mission of Project Air Force is to conduct a continuous interrelated program of objective analysis on major cross-cutting policy and management issues of concern to the Air Force.

Project Air Force should have the ability to address, through formal studies and analyses, a variety of potential problems affecting Air Force missions and organization, including threats, strategy, tactics, operations, technology, and resource management. Project Air Force conducts research in three broad interrelated research areas: Strategy, Doctrine, and Force Structure; Force Modernization and Employment; and Resource Management and Systems Acquisition.

Its sponsoring agreement precludes work with non-government entities.

Sandia National Laboratories
(Sandia Corporation which is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp.) Albuquerque, NM. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for Sandia to manage, operate, protect, sustain and enhance the Laboratory's ability to function as a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Multi-Program Laboratory, while assuring accomplishment of its primary assignment as a nuclear weapons research, development and engineering laboratory. Among its activities are nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and management, and energy research.

The Contractor shall facilitate the Laboratory's ability to project its efforts and participate with the scientific, engineering, and technical communities on both the national and international levels. The Contractor shall, as approved by the Contracting Officer, establish industrial partnerships that transfer new technologies from the Laboratory to private industry and make available to private industry the unique capabilities of the Laboratory in order to enhance the industrial competitiveness and national security of the United States.

The Contractor shall conduct a Work for Others Program for non-DOE entities and agencies, as approved by the Contracting Officer. All such work shall be consistent with and complementary to the approved missions of Sandia National Laboratories.

Savannah River Technology Center
(Westinghouse Savannah River Co.), Aiken, SC. Department of Energy.

Its contract states that the general management objectives are to: (1) provide an open, safe, environmentally sound, and cost-effective Site; (2) restore the environment and manage natural resources; (3) develop mission-supportive technology partnerships; (4) manage disposition of nuclear materials and facilities; (5) support current and future national security and nuclear materials requirements; and (6) store, treat, stabilize and dispose of waste.

The Contractor shall establish the Site as a preferred partner for industry, universities, and small businesses. The Contractor shall establish industry partnerships that will allow the appropriate sharing of technologies using all means allowable under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, such as Cooperative Research and Development agreements, licensing, sharing facilities, and personnel exchanges. In pursuing its technology transfer mission, the Contractor may use the Work for Others program and other mechanisms.

The Science and Technology Policy Institute
(RAND Corp.), Washington, D.C. National Science Foundation.

Its contract states:

The Science and Technology Policy Institute was formed to assist the Executive Branch as it formulates Federal policy involving science and technology by providing objective, high quality analytic support to inform policymakers. Such analysis includes identifying "critical technologies" important to the nation's security, economic competitiveness, and general welfare, but must also include a regard for such government policies, programs, and activities as: scientific and technical education and training; direct government support of R&D; tax, legal and regulatory policies that influence investments in and uses of science and technology; policies that encourage basic and applied research, technology transfer and the incorporation of scientific and technical know-how into manufactured goods and services; patent, copyright and other intellectual property policies; coordination of Federal, state, and local government roles and activities that affect science and technology; and international policies that affect international cooperation in science, investments in science and technology, trade patterns of technology dependent products, and intellectual property rights.

Projects may be conducted in support of Office of Science and Technology Policy or National Science Foundation (NSF) policy decisions. Proposals from organizations, including Federal agencies, for non-NSF funding of activities involving the use of the FFRDC, shall be subject to the prior written approval of NSF. Organizations will submit to NSF funding documents for interagency tasks. Projects shall not begin until NSF has approved the Task Order.

Software Engineering Institute
(Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh, PA. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Software Engineering Institute's (SEI's) Sponsoring Agreement states that SEI is to provide technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering so Department of Defense (DOD) can acquire and sustain its software-intensive systems with predictable and improved cost, schedule, and quality. The SEI's objectives are: (1) to accelerate the introduction and widespread use of high-payoff software engineering practices and technology by identifying, evaluating, and maturing promising or under-used technology and practices; (2) to maintain a long-term competency in software engineering and technology transition; (3) to enable government and industry organizations to make measured improvements in their software engineering practices by working with them directly; and (4) to foster the adoption and sustained use of standards of excellence for software engineering practice.

SEI may accept work from and agree to work with government agencies, industry, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, or any other organization with the approval of the Office of the Secretary of Defense or the Administrative Agent when designated. SEI may, with written approval of the Contracting Officer, participate with industry in pre-competitive technology transfer and development collaborations, and defense conversion activities, as authorized by Federal statutes. SEI may, with written approval from the Contracting Officer, participate through grants, cooperative agreements, and other non-procurement instruments in consortia and similar collaborative activities which: (1) seek to advance the state-of-the-art or increase knowledge/understanding in a pre-competitive technology area which is within the mission and special competency of the Institute; or (2) promote the development and/or advancement of dual-use critical technologies.

Note: SEI is one of only two Department of Defense (DOD) FFRDCs that are approved for Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) work.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
(Leland Stanford, Jr., University), Stanford, CA. Department of Energy.

Its contract calls for the contractor to operate and maintain the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) as a National User Facility and to program the research, development, design, construction, engineering, testing, training, education, and technology transfer, conducted on behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE) in a manner that will maintain a vigorous, forward looking program in high energy physics, basic energy sciences, health and environmental sciences, and all appropriate areas of natural sciences, engineering, and related disciplines.

SLAC has been established as a User Facility for the conduct of only unclassified research.

It is the Policy of DOE to encourage domestic industrial use as well as national and international academic use of the National Facility. "Works for Others" shall be consistent with and complementary to DOE's mission.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
(Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc.), Newport News, VA. Department of Energy.

Its contract states that the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator is a laboratory for unclassified research established by the Department of Energy (DOE) as a User Facility providing a unique resource for the DOE Office of Energy Research's scientific program and its related user community. In this regard, the primary research mission will be in nuclear physics.

The Contractor shall contribute to U.S. technological competitiveness through research and development partnerships with industry that capitalize on the Laboratory's expertise and facilities and are compatible with and supportive of the Laboratory's primary mission. Principal mechanisms to effect such contributions are cooperative research and development, access to user facilities, reimbursable work for non-DOE activities, personnel exchanges, and licenses.

The Laboratory shall conduct research and development work for non-DOE sponsors which is consistent with and complementary to the DOE's mission and the Laboratory's mission under the contract, does not adversely impact or interfere with execution of DOE-assigned programs, does not place the facilities or Laboratory in direct competition with the domestic private sector, and for which the personnel or facilities of the Laboratory are particularly well adapted and available, as may be authorized, in writing, by the Contracting Officer.


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