At the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), we research long-term problems of considerable complexity to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies adopt Agile practices, avoid security risks, deliver software-reliant capabilities faster, reduce sustainment costs, strengthen the acquisition workforce, and meet other mission goals.
DoD and government agencies use our support and guidance to implement solutions to improve software acquisition and development and deal with cybersecurity threats. Government and industry organizations work with our experts to devise innovative research and development (R&D) answers for tough problems. Researchers in industry and academia collaborate with us on inquiries into critical challenges.
"The SEI's product is the knowledge we create and capture, apply to real-world problems, and distribute to the global software and systems engineering community."
— Paul Nielsen, Director and CEO
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) operates and manages the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Enterprise Acquisition Services Division (AFLCMC/AZS) at Hanscom AFB administers the US Air Force (USAF) contracts.
The contract incorporates a Department of Defense (DoD) Sponsoring Agreement that establishes the mission, scope, and policy by which the Lab is operated and managed, consistent with FAR 35.017. The DoD Sponsoring Agreement details, and the USAF contract enforces, that projects operate with an agreement between CMU-SEI and the project customer (via the "Project Work Plan").
All Government customers must utilize USAF Contracts for R&D work performed by CMU-SEI.
There are currently two active contracts:
Period of Performance (PoP): 1 July 2005 – 30 June 2016
*Utilized for projects initiated prior to 30 June 15. Existing work may continue to be incrementally funded; new projects will be initiated on the new IDIQ contract. If a project will not be complete by 30 June 2016, please contact AFLCMC/AZS to discuss transitioning the project to the IDIQ contract.
Continuation Contracts are merely administrative in nature and are used for funding purposes only in support of FA8721-05-C-0003.
Base Ordering Period
27 July 2015 – 30 June 2020
Option Ordering Period
1 July 2020 – 30 June 2025
This is an IDIQ contract; however, task orders may or may not be issued for individual projects. Task orders can house several projects at once.
Since these contracts operate in a purely R&D environment, maximum flexibility is provided to meet project requirements. The contract contains the appropriate clauses for R&D work; the contracts will not be modified to include additional Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clauses or additional Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) requirements for individual projects.
Any requirements specific to your project should be included and discussed in your project documents. See General Requirements.
Learn more about why organizations engage with us
We invite you to read, for example, how our
methods and guidance helped the U.S. Army improve its capability to acquire software-reliant systems
research and development helped reduce uncertainty for DoD acquisition professionals who are adopting Agile approaches
benchmarking of organizational practices helped create a framework for best practices in cyber intelligence
Explore ways to engage with us
Implement methods and obtain guidance
Learn about working with our technology teams for help in cost estimation, root cause analysis, software assurance, software supply chain security, strategic reuse, system evolution/sustainment, and more.
Find out how our R&D sponsors benefit from gaining the earliest access to innovative technology in areas such as agile adoption, cloud computing, insider threat identification, and vulnerability analysis.
Collaborate in research
See where we might collaborate on research into key technical challenges confronting current and future software-reliant systems, such as malware analysis for mobile platforms, moving target defenses, and software producibility for future architectures.
Educate and train teams
Consider how our team-training program and expert instructors can be an affordable and convenient way to develop your project teams so that they coordinate, communicate, and collaborate with a common understanding.
Connect with us to stay on top of new research by our experts.
Points of Contact
CMU-SEI Contract Services