Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
University Affiliated Research Centers

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) were established to ensure that essential engineering, science, mathematics and applications of technology of importance to the U.S. Government are researched, developed, advanced and maintained.

These centers serve as trusted agents of the U.S. Government to support strategic national priorities, free from conflicts of interest of competition with commercial industry.

The FFRDC/UARC Security Council was formed to address the unique challenges faced in providing security services within R&D environments that serve government.

What We Do

The purpose of the FFRDC/UARC Security Council is to share information and best practices amongst its members across all security disciplines to promote effective and efficient risk management practices, and to also serve as a voice to government as to the modification of existing and the creation of new security policies and implementing guidance.

The FFRDC/UARC Security Council will also collaboratively:

  • Foster professional leadership and security discipline expertise of its members.
  • Provide a forum to share information as to the applications of technology and disseminate security-related policies, practices and product information.
  • Increase awareness of all-hazard threats that jeopardize the integrity, confidentiality and operational continuity of classified and sensitive information, assets and operations, as well as the security and safety of personnel.
  • Identify and examine processes and technology innovations to reduce, eliminate or mitigate risks.
  • Influence contemplated security compliance regulatory mandates so as to maximize uniformity, standardization, reciprocity and the capability for effective and efficient implementation.
  • Conduce security-related research and share findings with relevant peer organizations, government forums and other stakeholders.
  • Recognize and share proven performance methods and associated security performance metrics to influence resource and policy decision, and to demonstrate return on investment.