The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory serves as a U.S. Navy UARC (University Affiliated Research Center) in Defense science and technologies, with a focus in naval missions and related areas. In September 2012, Penn state was awarded a 5-year, maximum $415 million cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity task order contract. In return, they’ll provide up to 2,060,076 staff hours for research, development, engineering, and test and evaluation. An option for an additional 5 years could bring the maximum value to $853.3 million, and the cumulative staff hours to 3,935,759.
This UARC supports US Naval Sea Systems Command. PSU’s ARL will work on guidance, navigation and control of undersea systems; advanced thermal propulsion concepts and systems for undersea vehicles; advanced propulsors and other fluid machinery for marine systems; materials and manufacturing technology; atmosphere and defense communications systems; and other related technologies. Individual task orders will be issued as needs arise. Work is expected to be completed by September 2017, or September 2022 with all options exercised.
This contact is a pathway to work with the United States Navy, and if your company has capabilities in the areas being researched by Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory you should consider including both in your marketing efforts. When you approach the US Naval Sea Systems Command you should present a project that could be covered under this Penn State contract. Likewise, when you approach Penn State ARL you will want to show how you can contribute to ARL’s work on this contract and how it is a direct benefit to the United States Navy. If you have questions how subcontracting with the Applied Research Laboratory works feel free to send Don an email (Don©kachmanconsulting•com) .