Our mission is to make critical contributions to critical challenges. As a university affiliated research center (UARC) and research division of Johns Hopkins University, APL has a unique opportunity to make the world healthier, safer, and more secure.
As the nation’s preeminent UARC, we have:
- Broad exposure to challenges facing a wide variety of sponsors
- A diversity of expertise and experience to address those challenges
- A track record of bringing together government, academia, and industry in solving complex challenges
Although we have strict conflict-of-interest restrictions, our sponsors can include government offices and philanthropic organizations.
UARCs function broadly as trusted technical experts, often developing advanced systems prototypes that accelerate the infusion of new technology into operational use. When appropriate, and where no conflict of interest exits, they may compete for science and technology work on Broad Agency Announcements of Opportunity.
The majority of our work comes from the Department of Defense as sole-source (noncompetitive) funding under the Competition in Contracting Act, primarily through the exception for essential research and engineering.
APL Tech Transfer offers business, not-for-profit organizations, and academia streamlined access to technological innovations made at APL.
Partner and Supplier Resources
Information for Vendors and Suppliers
Our procurement team manages the acquisition of products and services, and works with suppliers on behalf of our internal organizations.
Partner With APL
Government Employee Fellowship Program
APL’s Government Employee Fellowship Program offers tailored work experiences through immersion into one or more of our research and development programs. APL has hosted numerous government employees from the Navy, Army, Air Force, intelligence community, and other government agencies.
Collaborations Across Johns Hopkins
We collaborate with our colleagues across Johns Hopkins to tackle a variety of challenges and missions in health, engineering, science, and security analysis.