The Arecibo Observatory is managed by the NSF and a consortium comprising SRI International, USRA, and Universidad Metropolitana.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research center serving government and industry. We work on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. Our research and innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs, and much more.
Currently, UMET offers a variety of educational programs: doctorates, bachelors, masters and certified technicians. The institution is organized into six academic schools: Education, Business Administration, Social-Humanities Communications, Science and Technology, Health Sciences and Science and Environmental Affairs. In addition, it has an accelerated curriculum called AHORA that meets the expectations of the professional adults who wants to complete their college degree and Technical School Certificate in a short time.
Universities Space Research Association
(USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.