University Affiliated Research Centers

A University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) is a strategic United States Department of Defense (DoD) research program that is associated with a university. UARCs were established to ensure that essential engineering and technology capabilities of particular importance to the DoD are maintained. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are designed to provide critical mass in research areas that meet Army and DoD future needs and anticipated combat requirements. UARCs are university-led collaborations between universities, industry and Army laboratories that conduct basic, applied and technology demonstration research. The universities, considered at the forefront of science and innovation in a specific research area, provide dedicated facilities and share space with Army and industrial participants. The industrial partners provide competence in related technologies, expertise in transitioning technologies from laboratories to markets and cost sharing. The emphasis for each UARC is to conduct research where breakthroughs are likely to enable revolutionary capabilities for our warfighters.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB)

Dr. J. Aura Gimm

ICB research is focused on the study of the fundamental mechanisms underlying the high performance and efficiency of biological systems and the translation of these results to engineering systems of benefit to the Soldier. The lead university host, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its industrial and Army partners address research in the areas of (1) Biomolecular Sensors, (2) Bio-Inspired Materials, Lightweight Portable Energy, and Flexible Energy-Dispersive Composites, (3) Biodiscovery Tools, (4) Bio-Inspired Network Science, and (5) Cognitive Neuroscience.

Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Mr. John Hart

In partnership with the U.S. Army, America's entertainment community, and the worldwide academia community, the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is conducting basic research and development to create engaging and effective immersive systems that shape the future of Army training and analysis using virtual, constructive, and live simulations. Focusing on research in to Counter Insurgency (COIN), sustainment operations, tactical intelligence, leadership, decision-making and a wide-range of therapeutic applications, the ICT seeks to redefine the range of skills that Warfighters can obtain from future, dynamic simulation systems. The ultimate goal of the combined research and prototype developmental efforts of the ICT and its partners is to harness the power of artificial intelligence, emerging visuals, immersive simulation technologies, and storytelling to provide America's Army a worldwide technological advantage on the battlefield against terrorism.

The ICT conducts basic research, applied research and advanced technological prototype development focused on (l) Virtual Humans; (2) Social Simulations; (3) Emerging Visualizations, Sounds, Graphics; (4) Mixed Reality (MR); and (5) Learning Sciences to advance Army training and analytical capabilities.

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN)

Dr. J. Aura Gimm

The ISN, centered at MIT, engages in fundamental, multidisciplinary nanoscience research relevant to the Soldier. In collaboration with Army and industrial partners, this focused nanoscience research creates opportunities for new materials, properties and phenomena as material properties become size dependent below a critical length scale of approximately 100 nm. The five ISN strategic research areas are: (1) Lightweight Multifunctional Nanostructured Materials and Hybrid Assemblies, (2) Soldier Medicine: Prevention, Diagnostics and Far-Forward Care, (3) Multiple Blast and Ballistic Threats: Materials Damage, Human Injury Mechanisms and Lightweight Protective Systems, (4) Hazardous Substances Sensing, Recognition and Protection, and (5) Nanosystems Integration for Protected Communications, Diagnostic Sensing and Operational Flexibility in Complex Environments.

Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT)  (Complete)

The Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT) centered at the University of Texas (Austin), has established and maintained a unique team of world-class scientists and engineers in electrodynamics, pulsed power, and hypervelocity physics, whose focus has been to develop the fundamental scientific basis for new classes of high velocity kinetic energy weapon systems. In doing so, the IAT together with its academic, industrial and Army partners, have developed unique capabilities to model and analyze the behavior of materials under transient conditions. As a result of the Army UARC relationship, the IAT has established unique, dedicated, state-of-the-art experimental and test capabilities for the Army in these critical areas, and has established state-of-the-art vector and parallel classified computational facilities, making extensive use of UT-Austin computational capabilities as well as the Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (formerly known as Major Shared Resource Center) at ARL.


Last Update / Reviewed: September 23, 2015