NASA has selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide the agency with administrative support and coordination of research opportunities between NASA’s mission directorates and centers across the agency.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program 2 (NPP-2) contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum potential value of approximately $129.7 million. The one-year base performance period begins September 9, 2021, and it is followed by four one-year options, which would end September 8, 2026, NASA said in a press release.
Under the terms of the contract, ORAU will provide highly qualified postdoctoral-level scientists and engineers to conduct research in areas of interest to NASA and individual researchers, the press release said. The work will include, but not be limited to, program-level services, website and knowledge management services, soliciting applicants, receiving and reviewing applications, enrolling new fellows, supporting fellows during their tenure, financial reporting and program effectiveness, operational performance plan and metrics, and phase-in and phase-out activities.
The work will be performed at ORAU’s facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; and at other NASA centers and locations, the press release said.
“The NASA contract will allow ORAU to leverage our workforce development and research participation program expertise for an agency that gives early-career and mid-career scientists opportunities to share in NASA’s mission to boldly expand frontiers in air and space, to inspire and serve America, and to benefit the quality of life on Earth,” said Jeff Miller, ORAU senior vice president and director of ORAU Government Services.
“This is a great time for ORAU to work with NASA again, as excitement grows around NASA’s renewed commitment to return humans to the moon, and then on to Mars,” said Andy Page, ORAU president and chief executive officer. “Our NASA postdoctoral program participants will be on the cutting edge of scientific exploration. I know Dr. Scott Miller and his team have the experience and the expertise to help make that happen.”
Scott Miller is the director of research programs at ORAU, and he will manage the NASA program.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
Most news stories on Oak Ridge Today are free, brought to you by Oak Ridge Today with help from our advertisers, contributors, and subscribers. This is a free story. Thank you to our advertisers, contributors, and subscribers. You can see what we cover here.
Do you appreciate this story or our work in general? If so, please consider a monthly subscription to Oak Ridge Today. See our Subscribe page here. Thank you for reading Oak Ridge Today!
Alternatively, you can donate to Oak Ridge Today here. Thank you for your support!
Copyright 2021 Oak Ridge Today. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.