A basic understanding of our structure and contracting practices can smooth the process of working with us. 

UCAR is a consortium of more than 110 member colleges and universities granting degrees in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. A nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3), our activities are funded primarily through research assistance awards from the federal government. UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation. Through the UCAR Community Programs (UCP), we provide innovative services in support of the consortium's education and research goals. 

NCAR is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center of the National Science Foundation. NCAR is not a federal agency. Our activities complement those of the federal agencies and we work closely with them.

UCAR manages intellectual property developed by scientists and researchers at UCAR and NCAR.