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By Admin (on 2/9/2010 @ 10:40:49, in SPAWAR, read 2690 times)

A year and a half ago UNO received a SPAWAR contract amounting to nearly $50M over 5 years.  That contracting vehicle provides a mechanism for state and federal agencies to direct funds to the University and to our local and national business partners.  To date we have used $10M of the contract.  That contract was recently renewed for another year and we will continue to work to find state and federal awards to put into the contract to benefit campus researchers and aid local economic development.

Recently SSC LANT CHARLESTON has issued a new RFP for another contract vehicle.  This one is for $28M over 5 years.  This contract vehicle targets university researchers and the fields/disciplines identified in the RFP is narrower than the existing contract.  We anticipate that different sources of funds will use each contract vehicle so that the University will be able to increase funding if we are successful in competing for this RFP.

Attached [and given below], please find the list of disciplines/research areas that are included in the new RFP.  The University must show competency in all areas to be awarded the contract.  Please identify all areas that you have research competency in.  For every area please indicate:

Dr. (or Professor) ______________ has demonstrated competency by publishing __ papers and __ conference presentations in the area of [list specific area of competency as listed in the attached].  Dr. _________ has received ___ research grants in this area totaling $___.   Specific research projects include:

Please feel free to provide the information in either this format or whatever format you wish.  A few of the competencies are not amenable to this kind of format, please use any format as long as it will be clear to an external reviewer that the competency has been met. We will rewrite it into the jargon common for such responses to RFPs.  Please return your response by Friday, February 19th .

Please email all responses back to this email address. This email has been distributed to all faculty staff.



The contractor shall provide research, investigation, analytical, and general technical support for emerging technologies. Science and Technology Research Areas and Engineering Support Areas include the following:

3.1.1 Mathematics which includes areas such as computer mathematics, modeling and simulation, statistics and probability, principal components, Bayesian methods and cost engineering

3.1.2 Physics such as advances and applications of nanotechnology and Nano devices

3.1.3 Computer Science & engineering such as knowledge transfer, human interfaces, artificial intelligence, intelligent agents, neural networks, genetic algorithm application, evolutionary computing (SWARM, ant colony), grid computing, and quantum computing.

3.1.4 Software engineering such as enterprise engineering, data modeling, modeling and simulation, executable architectures, process automation, wired and wireless computer networks, measurement and instrumentation

3.1.5 Computer hardware engineering in areas such as parallel processing (cell processor, video engines, multi-core GP processors, clusters, blades, multi-DSP/FPGA configuration), bricking, stackable systems (Lego type buildable systems) and electronic circuits

3.1.6 Communications in areas such as services over low bandwidth, multi radio adaptive antenna arrays, antennas and fields, radio switching algorithms for single devices with multiple radios, adaptive beam focusing antennas, and built in antennas

3.1.7 Software Radio support in areas such as FPGA programming, DSP programming, wideband power amplifiers, high speed D/A – A/D devices, digital communications, adaptive filtering, adaptable waveforms, direction finding methods, signal identification, computationally efficient transforms, adaptive beam forming, mobile ad hoc networks, routing

3.1.8 Human systems research such as cognitive modeling, behavioral modeling, psychophysical modeling, eye tracking, immersive systems, multi-sensory devices and systems, knowledge transfer, human interfaces and biometrics

3.1.9 Architecture approaches over highly volatile communications such as semantic data, orchestration/choreography, and SOA particularly focused on web services, data discovery, security, SW agents, component based architectures, large enterprise federation and security and policy in large enterprises

3.1.10 Embedded systems design particularly in areas of power efficiency and mission-designed system-on-chip (SoC) and executable architectures

3.1.11 Packaging Methods such as effects of shock and vibration and advanced concepts in cooling

3.1.12 Industrial Engineering in areas such as improving manufacturing (MRAP and other large integration projects), supply chain management and quality control

3.1.13 English and Literature such as language translation (audio to audio, audio to text, speech synthesis, text to text, text to audio) and technical proposal writing


3.1.14 Safety in areas such as lightning protection effects of radio frequency radiation


3.1.15 Designing, exercising and/or testing models utilizing stimulation, simulation, emulation, numerical and statistical analysis techniques.


3.1.16 Conducting software engineering experiments, studies, measurements, analysis, test and evaluation.


3.1.17 Collecting test data and criteria to analyze, score, and evaluate.


3.1.18 Designing, developing, testing or reviewing and analyzing large scale database structures, data correlation and conversion techniques. Designing and coding database tools.


3.1.19 Developing web applications and tools. Creating or upgrading websites and/or web pages and graphics.


3.1.20 Installing and integrating software applications and hardware components. Resolving workstation hardware and software challenges.


3.1.21 Designing, fabricating, testing, and documenting circuit cards/boards and/or other specifically delineated developmental hardware.


3.1.22 Collecting, developing, analyzing and scoring performance data; developing interview and questionnaire forms; developing instructional media material for pilot studies; and/or administering tests to military or civilian personnel.


Attached File:  SPAWARResearch And Development Support - Distributed.pdf

By Admin (on 2/15/2010 @ 10:45:29, in SPAWAR, read 2449 times)

In a recent email I mentioned that we had an opportunity to compete for a new SPAWAR contract vehicle that would complement our existing vehicle by providing a more direct method for SSC LANT to work with our faculty on research projects of interest. I provided the list of competencies (or expertise) they were seeking.  I appreciate all of you who have responded so far and if you wish to provide a response on the other competencies, please do so by this Friday.  As of now, I have three competencies for which I either have no or minimal information.  If you have any background in any of these three areas please provide a short (three sentence or so) description of the project you worked on or special knowledge you have.  Thanks for any assistance.  I need this back ASAP or at least by this Friday.  Happy Mardi Gras!

3.1.10 Embedded systems design particularly in areas of power efficiency and mission-designed system-on-chip (SoC) and executable architectures

3.1.11 Packaging Methods such as effects of shock and vibration and advanced concepts in cooling

3.1.14 Safety in areas such as lightning protection effects of radio frequency radiation

By Admin (on 8/26/2010 @ 11:10:42, in SPAWAR, read 3026 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 or by replying to this email.

By Admin (on 12/3/2010 @ 15:50:03, in SPAWAR, read 2650 times)

Obtaining Funding From the UNO SPAWAR Contract

Scott L. Whittenburg

Vice Chancellor for Research

Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time:  9:00 AM to 10 AM

Room:  SC 2120

The mechanism for identifying research projects to be funded via the UNO SPAWAR contract has changed.  These projects should be identified prior to UNO requests for federally-directed funding and should be accepted by local SSC LANT personnel.  The projects should fit within the competencies and portfolios defined by SSC LANT.  Dr. Whittenburg will discuss the process and help define the competencies and portfolios.  He will also discussion the Navy Innovation program and the work of Dr. Claudette Millsap and Bruce Northridge.

While this funding primarily will support projects in the College of Engineering and the College of Science, faculty in other colleges are welcome to attend.  Handouts from the meeting will be made available for those who cannot attend. This email has been distributed to all faculty.

By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/16/2011 @ 16:16:30, in SPAWAR, read 3191 times)
I just returned from Charleston (SSC LANT) for the kickoff meeting regarding our newest contract vehicle. The intent of the vehicle is jointly go after BAA funding that is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, (advanced development and prototypes). Areas of interest are emerging technology enablers: enterprise research, assisted decision making, predictive analysis, advanced networking, advanced communications, autonomy and human systems interface. I'll be working over the next few weeks to set up a process of identifying those BAAs and involving faculty in seeking funding through this contract vehicle.
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