Competition: Management and Operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Due Date: 08/07/2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 1960 in Boulder, Colorado, as a center providing research, facilities and services in support of the atmospheric and broader geosciences communities. As an NSF-sponsored Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), NCAR upholds and advances the mission, values and goals set out in the NSF Strategic Plan.

NCAR is currently managed, through a cooperative agreement with NSF, by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The present cooperative agreement became effective on October 1, 2013 and expires on September 30, 2018. This solicitation invites proposals for the management and operation of NCAR for the five-year period from October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2023. NSF may renew the award for an additional five-year term, subject to availability of funds and the satisfactory performance of the awardee, and in compliance with the National Science Board Statement on Recompetition of Major Facilities (NSB 2015-45 or successor).

During this award period, the awardee will ensure that NCAR continues to serve as a unique and world-leading institution that supports, sustains and advances the atmospheric, geospace and related science communities through the provision of state-of-the-art observational, computational and modeling facilities and services, and by conducting fundamental and transformative research at the frontiers of current knowledge.

The managing organization will be responsible for operating and maintaining the NCAR buildings and facilities, developing and incorporating new facilities, planning for future new initiatives, recruiting, developing and retaining a highly competent and diverse workforce, in addition to sustaining an innovative and vigorous program of basic and applied research in support of the atmospheric, geospace and related sciences. NSF expects that the managing organization will promote a culture of excellence in serving the scientific community and will foster an exemplary approach to the development of increased diversity and inclusiveness in STEM education and the geosciences workforce.

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