Annotated List of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) - 1999

Descriptions of Individual FFRDCs




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 mission of the Aerospace FFRDC is to aid the United States Air Force 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.

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. The laboratory also 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—experimental and theoretical research on fundamental problems 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.

Argonne shall contribute to U.S. technological competitiveness through research and development partnerships with industry that capitalize on the Laboratory's expertise and facilities. 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.

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 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 which 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 FFRDC is to enable the Department of Defense (DOD) to access the private sector's engineering expertise. The C3I FFRDC 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 FAA: airway facilities; air traffic; R&D; operations research; system engineering; facilities engineering; National Airspace System (NAS) development; systems capacity; and aviation safety oversight.

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.

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

Its contract calls for multi-disciplinary research in the energy sciences, general sciences, biosciences and computational sciences.

(Its Website gives more details, including that it pursues basic and applied research that provides the foundation for advances in health, technology, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. The dedication of the Gammasphere detector and groundbreaking for the Human Genome Laboratory underscore the broad scope of Berkeley Lab's scientific endeavors.)

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.

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
(Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co.), Idaho Falls, ID. Department of Energy.

INEEL's contract states:

The contractor shall be responsible for management of a broad spectrum of energy research and technology development programs. This shall be accomplished with special emphasis on collaboration with, and technology transfer to, the private sector through the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980. The focus of research, development, and demonstration programs conducted under this contract is applied engineering. A limited amount of basic research, particularly in fields which support the engineering sciences will also be accomplished.

Although non-nuclear research is the primary focus, the work scope also includes technology development in support of several nuclear areas in addition to the mainline nuclear power and materials production areas.

The Contractor will perform research and development activities for organizations outside the Department of Energy, including both private sector companies and other government agencies. The primary purpose of the Work for Others program is to make available the unique INEEL technologies, expertise, and facilities in which Federal funds have been invested. As approved by the Department of Energy, the contractor shall provide technology, materials, and services to other public agencies and the private sector to benefit programs of national significance.

Institute for Defense Analyses Communications and Computing FFRDC
(Institute for Defense Analyses), Alexandria, VA. Department of Defense, National Security Agency.

Its sponsoring agreement states:

The primary mission of 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.

Its sponsoring agreement calls for IDA-C3I to promote the national security, the public welfare, and the advancement of scientific learning by making analyses, evaluations and reports, and to include examination of the relative effectiveness of alternative measures, on matters of interest to the United States Government with primary orientation toward matters of national security. The agreement also states that IDA-C3I will provide studies, analyses, computer software prototypes, simulations, analytical models, and other technical and analytical support useful for policy and program planning and management by its sponsors.

IDA-C3I will perform no work for private industry.

Institute for Defense Analyses Studies and Analyses FFRDC
(Institute for Defense Analyses), Alexandria, VA. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Its contract calls for 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 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 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 JPL:

Exploring the solar system including earth-based investigations. Planetary science and exploration. Major responsibilities in support of 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.

Its Website states:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is committed to promoting partnerships with U.S. industry for at least two reasons. First, forming partnerships with industry and also universities is at times the most cost-effective way to fulfill the Laboratory's mission goals. Second, Lawrence Livermore has a responsibility to move appropriate technologies developed in the course of our mission work into the marketplace where the advances can have the maximum positive impact on the U.S. economy.

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.

The laboratory may work for non-DOD Federal agencies. The work is usually performed under the Air Force contract. Work for state and local government agencies, educational institutions, U.S. allies/foreign governments, and non-profit organizations may be performed under separate contract, grant, or agreement. Cooperative Research and Development Agreements may be made with the private sector.

Note: Lincoln Laboratory is one of only two DOD FFRDCs that are approved for 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.

NCI Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center
(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 NIH intramural programs and specific research support programs such as AIDS vaccine technology, clinical services, animal sciences, pathology/histotechnology, 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 Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
(Cornell University), Arecibo, PR. National Science Foundation.

Its cooperative agreement calls for NAIC to conduct a broad program of research in astronomy, the atmospheric sciences, and related fields for its value and for the purpose of maintaining a staff that is scientifically productive and technically current, and to develop new techniques and instruments for astronomical and atmospheric observations and data processing, utilizing as appropriate the expertise in other institutions. NAIC will provide facilities, services and support to individual scientific investigators and research institutions.,

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

Its cooperative agreement calls for 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 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. This prohibition applies only when UCAR submits proposals that would use NCAR personnel and facilities and does not apply to UCAR's corporate activities that do not involve the use of NCAR resources.

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

The agreement calls for 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 NOAO 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.

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

Its cooperative agreement calls for Associated Universities, Inc. to 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. Associated Universities, Inc. will also maintain a broad base research program at the Observatory in order to promote advances in, and the utilization of, knowledge in astronomy.

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 to conduct a broad 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.

The Contractor shall work with the private sector to facilitate deployment of energy technologies in both US and international markets and establish and maintain an aggressive program for outreach and communications.

The Contractor may negotiate all aspects of and enter into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements.

NREL is expected to perform work for or with any 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
(Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.), Oak Ridge, TN. Department of Energy.

Its contract states that ORNL's activities are largely directed toward the following:

R&D in the physical and life sciences, energy and engineering technologies, computational sciences, and energy-related socio-economics; production and/or distribution of radioisotopes, stable isotopes, transuranics, special nuclear and source materials, irradiation services, and other materials or products as the Department of Energy may authorize and direct; and development and operation of special research facilities, R&D partnerships, and certain educational functions related to the above-mentioned activities.

Technology transfer activities, shall be in support of the mission of ORNL and may include mechanisms such as Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Direct Assistance Programs, User Agreements, User Facilities, and license agreements in which research and development resources are leveraged with private sector partners.

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

Its contract calls for:

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 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.

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.

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

It 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 Multi-Program Laboratory, while assuring accomplishment of its primary assignment as a nuclear weapons research, development and engineering laboratory.

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 with the highest degree of vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence.

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 SNL.

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

Its contract calls for:

Nuclear materials production. Management of defense nuclear materials production programs and operation, maintenance and upgrade of Savannah River Plant (SRP) facilities supporting such programs; management of programs and projects intended to expand, alter, enhance, or improve the production of defense nuclear materials and resulting facility needs.

Radioactive and nonradioactive waste management. Management of waste control and disposal programs and operation, maintenance and upgrade of SRP facilities supporting such programs; management of programs intended to reduce, control, store, treat, or dispose of waste, and closure of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act/Comprehensive Environmental Response, Conservation and Liability Act sites.

Naval fuel materials production. Production of fuel materials for U.S. Navy nuclear powered ships, using existing and new primary and supporting facilities. Process development and technical support for fuel materials production.

In order to ensure the full use of results of research and development efforts of, and the capabilities of, the Laboratory, technology transfer, including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), is established as a mission of the Laboratory consistent with the policy, principles and purposes of Sections 11(a)(1) and 12(g) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980.

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

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 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) Charter states that SEI shall provide the means and leadership to bring the ablest professional minds and the most effective technology to bear on rapid improvement of the quality of operational software in software intensive systems. The SEI shall accelerate the reduction to practice of modern software engineering technology and shall promulgate the use of this technology throughout the software community. The SEI shall foster standards of excellence for improving software engineering practice.

Its sponsoring agreement states that SEI may accept work from and agree to work with industry. The SEI will not engage in activities that do not support the mission and should not engage in activities that do not support its approved strategy without DOD's consent. Technical direction for work with other organizations will be accomplished by Technical Objectives & Plans which have been approved by the SEI Joint Program Office Site Director. The Director of the SEI may enter into CRADAs on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Note: SEI is one of only two DOD FFRDCs that are approved for 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, forwarded 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 may, through the Laboratory, perform non-DOE activities which are consistent with and complementary to the DOE's mission and the Laboratory's mission under the contract, involving the use of Laboratory equipment, facilities or personnel.




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