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URA was created at the behest of the Presidential Science and Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Sciences to “provide a national basis” in the management and operation of national laboratories.

Since 1965, URA has served as a management and operating M&O contractor to the Department of Energy (DOE), first as the single contractor and since 2007 as part of the Fermi Research Alliance providing both leadership and expertise to the national research enterprise.

URA is dedicated to supporting the missions of Fermilab and Sandia National Laboratories. To read their full mission statement, click here (provide redirect links to national laboratories).

Sandia Mission


Fermilab's 6,800-acre site is located in Batavia, Illinois, and is managed by the Fermi Research Alliance LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. FRA is a partnership of the University of Chicago and Universities Research Association Inc., a consortium of over 90 research universities.

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By fostering linkages to external expertise, contribute to the continuing excellence of Sandia National Laboratories’ science, technology, and engineering and the development of R&D talent, in support of Sandia’s mission to create innovative, science-based, systems-engineering solutions.

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The Pierre Auger Observatory is an international cosmic ray observatory that is designed to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. More than 500 physicists from nearly 100 institutions around the world are collaborating to maintain and upgrade the observatory site, and collect and analyze data.

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