• There are many benefits to using an OTA, primarily in decreased acquisition time and cost. There are other notable benefits, making the OTA a unique and desirable tool for program and contract managers alike, including:
  • An OTA is not a contract, grant or cooperative agreement. As a result, OTA Initiatives are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or its supplements.
  • Federal funding generally can be obligated more quickly, and Initiatives are awarded in less time than typical FAR-based contracts.
  • The Government may collaborate with contractors in tailoring the terms to the Initiative and the needs of the performing member(s), achieving the best approach to fulfilling the Government's technology needs.
  • Government rights to intellectual property are negotiable on an Initiative-by-Initiative basis.
  • OTA Initiatives are awarded on a Firm Fixed Price basis.
  • Payments are made based on measurable milestone achievements.
  • Competition is required only to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Awards are not subject to protest.

UAH is a member of three Consortiums with OTAs.  Please note all communications to establish an award under either OTA to UAH, must start with the Federal Sponsoring Agency and the Consortium (CEED, C5, and/or VLC).

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Greene, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at greeneg@uah.edu


Cornerstone OTA Letter Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

Dear Cornerstone Members,

Please see the attached Agreements Officer letter in response to Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors signed September 9, 2021.

If you have questions regarding an existing Cornerstone Agreement, please contact the Cornerstone Agreements Officer directly.

New OTA with Cornerstone


Dear VLC Members,

The VLC 2022 Annual Membership Meeting presentation is now available under the Past Events and Proceedings tab on the VLC Members Only site. The meeting was held in conjunction with the AAAA 2022 Summit on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, TN in Ryman Ballroom D.

If you do not have access to the VLC Members Only site, please request access.

If you have any questions, please email vlc@ati.org.

Dear AMTC Member,

The Collaboration Event for 22-04/22-05 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL, scheduled for 19-21 July, has been moved to 12-14 July.

A majority of the AMTC 22-04/22-05 dates have been shifted one week to accommodate the rescheduling of the Collaboration Event.

AMTC FY22 Revised Schedule

As always, please don't hesitate to contact us at amtc@ati.org if you have any questions.


Eric Edwards

AMTC Executive Director


Dear VLC Members,

We have concluded the election process for the VLC Board of Directors holding Category A Seats.  These are two year positions to be held until December 2021.

The following have been elected by majority vote to represent the member classes for 2020-2021:


Supplier   Tom Von Eschenbach, Collins Aerospace
Engine Jerry Wheeler; ATEC
Other Defense Contractor run-off election open until 12/18/2019
Academic/Nonprofit Inder Chopra, University of Maryland

The remaining Category A seats are appointed: 

Large OEM (2) Keith Flail, Bell TextronEric Streich, The Boeing Company
Large Traditional Defense Contractor (1) Mike Riley, Raytheon


The elected board members (above) will be joined by the continuing Category B Board members listed below who serve until December 2020:

Academic: Marilyn Smith, Georgia Tech
AHS: Michael Hirschberg, AHS
Large OEM: Nick Lappos, Sikorsky
Large Contractor: James Conroy, Northrop Grumman
Supplier: Michael Thome, SAIC
Small VTOL: John Piasecki, Piasecki Aircraft

John Stough, JHNA

We are fortunate to include this outstanding group in our leadership!

Best regards, 

Gerry Graves
VLC Consortium Administrative Organization
315 Sigma Drive
Summerville SC 29486
Vertical Lift Consortium


Dear VLC Members,
The slides from the VLC General Membership Meeting that was held on 29 Jul 2021 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL are now available on the VLC Members Only site under the Past Events and Proceedings tab. If you do not have a username and password, please request access.

Thank you,

Jamie Flaherty
VLC Consortium Administrative Organization
315 Sigma Drive
Summerville SC 29486
P. 843-760-3571