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University Affiliated Research Centers

UARCs, The Universities, & What They Do

Organized By Name

University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are research organizations within a university or college that are established to provide or maintain essential engineering, research, and/or development capabilities through a long-term, strategic relationship with DoD. Each UARC has areas of expertise that are identified as core competencies that it must provide in support of its mission to support DoD. The original DoD-sponsored UARC laboratories evolved from World War II era research programs, and they proved to be very effective in executing national security research initiatives. This capability continues today, with UARCs operating as strategic partners with their DoD sponsors, serving in the public interest, and combining technical excellence with objectivity. They serve as subject matter experts that function as independent, trusted advisors and honest brokers, answerable only to their DoD customers. DoD permits the award of sole-source contracts, contracts without competition, to UARCs under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(3)(B).

DOD Sponsor University Institute
ARMY University of California at Santa Barbara Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
ARMY University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
ARMY Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Tech Research Institute
ARMY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
ARMYUniversity of Texas at Austin Institute for Advanced Technology
MDA Utah State UniversitySpace Dynamics Laboratory
NAVYJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
NAVY Pennsylvania State UniversityApplied Research Laboratory
NAVY University of Texas at Austin Applied Research Laboratories
NAVY University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
NAVY University of Hawaii at ManoaApplied Research Laboratory
NASA University of California at Santa Cruz UARC at Ames Research Center
NSA University of Maryland, College Park Center for Advanced Study of Language
OSD Stevens Institute of Technology Systems Engineering Research Center
STRATCOM University of Nebraska National Strategic Research Institute
Source: National Science Foundation, 2014

What They Do

University Research Center What They Do
Army
University of California at Santa Barbara Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) ICB research teams develop technological innovations in bio-inspired materials and energy, biomolecular sensors, bio-inspired network science, and biotechnological tools.
University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) ICT collaborats with the entertainment industry and is a leader in producing avatars, virtual humans, computer training simulations and immersive experiences for decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and health.
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) GTRI's focuses on national defense, homeland security, public health, education, mobile and wireless technologies, and economic development.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) Fundamental science and engineering research is the centerpiece of the ISN mission. Designing the soldier system of the future is a formidable task that requires a range of experts, from chemists to mechanical engineers. ISN research is divided into three broad capability areas that cross disciplinary boundaries: protection; injury intervention and remediation; and human performance improvement.
University of Texas at Austin Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT) IAT conduct basic and applied research at the extremes of kinetic, explosive, and electrical energy. It performs independent, objective technical assessments, testing, and analyses.
Navy
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) The Laboratory performs work for the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, intelligence agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and others. The Laboratory supports NASA through space science, spacecraft design and fabrication, and mission operations. APL has made significant contributions in the areas of air defense, strike and power projection, submarine security, antisubmarine warfare, strategic systems evaluation, command and control, distributed information and display systems, sensors, information processing and space systems.
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) ARL serves as a university center of excellence in Defense science and technologies, with a focus in naval missions and related areas. ARL provides science and technology for national security, economic competitiveness and quality of life.
University of Hawaii at Manoa Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) A research center of excellence for critical Navy and national defense science, technology and engineering with a focus in naval missions and related areas. Oceanography and environmental research, astronomical research, advanced electro optical systems, laser, lidar and remote sensing detection systems, and research in various engineering programs to support sensors, communications, and information technology.
University of Texas at Austin Applied Research Laboratories (ARL) ARL's research programs focus on applications of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information technology.
University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) APL conducted acoustic and oceanographic studies in how deep ocean variability affects Navy systems. Their scientists and engineers pursue leadership roles in acoustic and remote sensing, ocean physics and engineering, medical and industrial ultrasound, polar science and logistics, environmental and information systems, and electronic and photonic systems.
MDA
Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) SDL solves the technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry through: Serving MDA and the DoD for electro-optical sensor systems research and development, pioneering efficient and effective calibration and characterization techniques, innovating CubeSat busses and small-scale components and developing real-time reconnaissance data visualization hardware and software for operational military applications.
NASA
University of California at
Santa Cruz
Ames Research Center Ames is focused on was founded to engage in wind-tunnel research on the aerodynamics of propeller-driven aircraft; however its role has developed beyond research and technology in aeronautics, to encompass spaceflight, and information technology. Ames plays a role in many of NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs. It provides leadership in astrobiology; small satellites; robotic lunar exploration; technologies for the Constellation Program; the search for habitable planets; supercomputing; intelligent/adaptive systems; advanced thermal protection; and airborne astronomy.
NSA
Stevens Institute of Technology Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) SERC provides systems engineering knowledge and research to the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies. It provides researchers a community of broad experience, deep knowledge, and diverse interests. It comprises a significant part of systems engineering research and educational programs in the United States.
University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) CASL is the national laboratory for advanced research and development on language and national security. CASL Studies second language acquisition, language technology, performance & analysis, less commonly taught languages and cultures, and cognitive neuroscience.
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