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UNO wins $30M - five year SPAWAR contract
By Admin (on 8/26/2010 @ 11:10:42, in SPAWAR, read 2093 times)

The University of New Orleans was one of 7 universities who successfully competed for a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery /indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract recently issued by US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, SC. Up to $30 million may be requested over the base year and 5 option years, in exchange for ”...technical and maintenance services to obtain analytical and technical support services, and research and development efforts from undergraduate and graduate students and faculty… in support of advanced research and development projects on behalf of multiple customers in the South East region to include, but not limited to, SPAWAR Atlantic.”  The seven universities are: Clemson University, Old Dominion University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of South Alabama, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Institution and the University of New Orleans. These educational institutions will compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Work will be performed in Charleston, SC (40%), Norfolk, VA (30%), and New Orleans, LA (30%). Work is expected to be complete in September 2011, and could continue until September 2015 if all options are exercised. The multiple award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition via the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website.

For those UNO researchers interested in participating, here is a little more information on how you may be able to fund your research under this contract.  SSC LANT is a competency aligned organization.  Within their eight defined competencies there are two related to the University, Engineering (5.0) and Science and Technology (7.0).  Across those eight competencies they have identified seven portfolios or areas of work: Decision Superiority; Information Dominance; Business and Force Support; Transport & Computing Infrastructure; Integrated Cyber Operations; Production, Installation & ISEA; and Discovery and Innovation.  Any projects SSC LANT would fund would have to lie at the intersection of one of the eight competencies with one of the seven portfolios.   Effectively, this means that most of the projects of interest to SSC LANT will be in areas of cybersecurity, information assurance, wireless and computer networks, sensors and command and control.    SSC LANT has a new program called Innovation which will fund projects at the intersection of the Science and Technology competency and the Discovery and Innovation portfolio.   More information on the Innovation program will be announced soon.  Periodically over the next five years SSC LANT will issue a Statement of Work (SOW) on projects of interest to SPAWAR.  ORSP will receive the SOW and distribute it to the campus (and potentially other local universities) to find researchers who wish to contribute to a response to the SOW.  We will submit our response to the SOW and compete with the other six universities mentioned above.  Because this is a multiple award contract (MAC) SSC LANT may choose to fund any number of the responses to their SOW and issue a task order (TO) to the University.

In other words, we now have a contract in place that will allow us to compete on any SOW issued by SSC LANT.  As those SOWs are issued ORSP will distribute them to the campus. If you wish to hear more about this process or seek clarification of the SSC LANT competencies and portfolios and how you can prepare for future projects please contact ORSP by emailing vcresearch@uno.edu or by replying to this email.