Federally funded research and development centers, or FFRDCs, are unique independent entities sponsored and funded by the U.S. government to meet specific long-term technical needs that cannot be met by any other single organization. FFRDCs typically assist government agencies with scientific research and analysis,
systems development, and systems acquisition. They bring together the expertise of government, industry, and academia to
solve complex technical problems.
FFRDCs operate as strategic partners with their sponsoring government agencies to ensure the highest levels of objectivity and technical excellence. They
are typically managed by a university or nonprofit parent organization; however, some are managed by industrial firms.
First established during World War II, FFRDCs operate in the industries of defense, energy, aviation, space, health and human services, and tax administration. There are currently more than 40 different FFRDCs funded by the government.
Georgia Tech has performed research for many FFRDCs including Oak Ridge National Laboratory; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Sandia National Laboratory; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, etc