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Michael Mewhinney                                                                Sept. 16, 2003

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

(Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000)

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 NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., this month will award a cost-plus-award-fee contract valued at more than $330 million to the University of California system to develop a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The University of California, Santa Cruz, will manage the contract.

The new UARC will provide Ames with additional research capabilities to fulfill NASA's mission requirements. Further, the UARC has an educational mission to develop future human resources in technology and science to benefit the entire agency. Overall the UARC will provide long-term continuity of top-tier research talent focused on NASA's growing multidisciplinary mission needs.

The close collaboration with an established university system will enable the UARC to offer career opportunities to attract and retain the best researchers. The UARC contract will substantially expand university participation from fundamental research under grants and cooperative agreements to mission-driven research under task-order contracts.

The total estimated cost-plus-award fee for the base period is $119 million; the total estimated cost-plus-award fee for Option Period One is $82 million; the total estimated cost-plus-award fee for Option Period Two is $132 million.

The period of performance is 10 years, consisting of a five-year base period followed by two-year and three-year options. The university will begin its phase-in operations in eptember 2003, with full contract responsibility starting December 2003 and continuing through August 31, 2013.



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