MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community:


NASA Commits to EDRN

NASA renewed its contract with the National Cancer Institute for the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). EDRN, created in 2000, is a group of biomedical investigators who are pooling their cancer data into a single searchable network. A NASA spokesperson stated that the new data science consortium’s common methodological approaches will support both space exploration and cancer research. The partnership will run through 2021.

Energy Awards Foster Public-Private Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded three laboratories $1.2 million for the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program. The TIR program is meant to foster research collaboration between national laboratories and private sector companies. The selected pairs of laboratories and companies are Argonne National Laboratory and Kyma Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and DuPont, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pioneer Natural Resources.

Sierra Nevada Gets Another DHS Contract

The Department of Homeland Security awarded $28.8 million to the Sierra Nevada Corporation for a systems development and integration project. Sierra Nevada is a technology company that specializes in aerospace and systems integration. The contract will be completed in 2018. Prior to this contract, DHS awarded Sierra Nevada $12.5 million for research, testing, and development for FY 2015 and 2016.

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