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DOD Awards $149 Million in University Research Initiative Contracts

June 4, 2015



The Department of Defense has announced it will issue 22 awards totaling $149 million over the next five years to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress. Most of the program's efforts involve researchers from multiple academic institutions and academic departments.

This year for the first time, topical areas were identified for joint U.S.-United Kingdom academic collaborative proposals, with the U.K. collaborators funded by the U.K. government. The competitive process resulted in two joint U.S.-UK teams selected for awards.

The Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals in 19 topics important to DOD and the military services and received a total of 289 white papers, which were followed by 76 proposals. The awards were selected based on merit review by a panel of experts and are subject to successful negotiation between the institution and DOD. The awards announced today are for a five year period subject to availability of appropriations and satisfactory research progress.

Mercury Defense to Research Digital Radio Frequency Memories

June 4, 2015

Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $7,567,134 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-12-G-0059) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled "Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM)." This order includes production of 14 Type II Advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement funds (Air Force) and working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $7,567,134 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

 

Lockheed Martin to Update C-5 Software

June 4, 2015

Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $12,860,294 cost-plus-fixed-fee; firm-fixed-price; and cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract for C-5 computer software update 02. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance, depot purchase equipment maintenance, software funding, and transportation working capital funds in the amount of $12,860,294 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8525-15-C-0001).

 

Two Companies to Conduct Cyber Research

June 4, 2015

Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp., Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $12,211,473 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-15-C-0097), for a research project under the Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission program. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,331,395 are being obligated at time of award. Vencore Labs Inc., doing business as Applied Communication Sciences (ACS), Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been awarded an $11,762,572 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-15-C-0098).The period of performance is 36 months, with two 18-month phases. These awards were competitive acquisitions under an open broad agency announcement that received 21 proposals. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

 

TASC to Support Cyber Assessment Program

June 4, 2015

TASC Inc., Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee $6,966,555 modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract FA7037-11-D-0003. Contractor will provide management, engineering and technical support services required to support the establishment, maintenance and evolution of the 92nd Information Operations Squadron cyber assessment program. Work will be performed at San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2015. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The 38th Contracting Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

 

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