• 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 Consortium 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


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COVID Vaccine Mandate Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

On September 24, the White House's "Safer Federal Workforce Task Force" issued new guidance regarding vaccination requirements and other COVID-safety measures for federal contractor employees. This Guidance implements President Biden's Executive Order regarding COVID precautions for government contractors, issued September 9, 2021.

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

All currently listed opportunities can be found at Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment (IBAS)  at the bottom of the page


Dear AMTC Member,

*Please note, the dates for the AMTC-22-02 Collaboration Event have changed and will now take place March 1-2, 2022*

Registration for the virtual AMTC-22-02 Collaboration Event on March 1-2, 2022 is now open. The collaboration event agenda will include 22-02 requirement briefings with an open Q&A forum between requirement owners and attendees, free virtual poster sessions, new member introductions, and one-on-one opportunities. To learn more about the event and how to register, please click on the link below.


We are also excited to announce that free virtual poster sessions will be offered at the AMTC-22-02 Virtual Collaboration Event on March 1st-2nd. You can find more information about the free virtual poster sessions and how you can to sign-up for one at the event website under the Virtual Posters tab. Also, if your company joined AMTC on or after July 23, 2021 and you would like to introduce yourself to the membership, please go to the New Mbr Introductions tab to sign up.

The draft agenda is still being finalized and will be added to the website and shared with the membership as soon as it becomes available.

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


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