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Department of Defense Recurring Solicitations

SPONSORS SOLICITATION TITLE AWARD AMOUNT LINK SYNOPSIS

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Director’s Innovation Initiative (DII)

Up to $400K for 9 months

westfields.net/

DII provides “seed funding” for high risk/high payoff projects that can assist with developing, launching, and operating America’s signals, imagery, and communications intelligence satellites. It also identifies promising projects for further development and funding. Projects typically fall within DoD Technology Readiness Levels 1-3: TRL 1 – Basic principles observed and reported; TRL 2 – Technology concept and/or application formulated; TRL 3 – Analytical & experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept. (Create an account at arc.westfields.net to view the solicitation)

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Academic Research Program (ARP)

Up to $300K total for 2 years, with up to $150K annually for up to 3 additional years

westfields.net/

ARP focuses on basic and applied research in STEM disciplines to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress. Previous topics of interest have included: Computational Geo-Analytics; Access to GEOINT data and services; GEOINT tradecraft; Massive data; New sources and sensors; Precision GEOINT; Signature development & discovery; Strategic indications and warning; Surface, subsurface, and above surface GEOINT; Understanding human activities; Visual analytics for GEOINT; Predictive Intelligence. (Create an account at arc.westfields.net to view the solicitation)

Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC)

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Varies depending on topic, but usually $300K & up for 3-5 years

army.mil

CDMRP funds Congressional special interest medical research, which covers the following topics in FY 2013: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Autism; Bone Marrow Failure; Breast Cancer; Defense Medical Research and Development; Military Infectious Diseases; Military Operational Medicine; Combat Casualty Care; Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine; Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; Gulf War Illness; Lung Cancer; Multiple Sclerosis; Neurofibromatosis; Ovarian Cancer; Peer Reviewed Cancer; Peer Reviewed Medical; Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic; Prostate Cancer; Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury; Spinal Cord Injury; Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Varies, but over $650K requires small business participation

serdp.org

ESTCP is DoD’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program and seeks to promote the transfer of innovative technologies, that have successfully established proof of concept, to field or production use. It supports projects in the same areas as SERDP. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

Varies, but over $650K requires small business participation

serdp.org

SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with DOE and EPA. It supports projects in 5 areas: Energy and Water: improve energy efficiency, increase use of renewable energy, and enhance water conservation on DoD installations; Environmental Restoration: characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water; Munitions Response: detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters ; Resource Conservation and Climate Change: management of DoD natural and cultural resources and understanding of climate change impacts; Weapon Systems and Platforms: reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO)

None

No limit – average of $750K annually for up to 2 years

tswg.gov

CTTSO is a federal interagency organization that funds development and deployment of technologies to meet federal, state and local government counterterrorism requirements. It seeks accelerated research and development with delivery of a capability in roughly 2 years, so partnering with a commercial entity is encouraged. Topics fall within the following categories: Advanced Analytics Concepts; CBRN Countermeasures; Explosives Detection; Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict; Improvised Device Defeat; Investigative Support and Forensics; Irregular Warfare Support; Personnel Protection; Physical Security; Tactical Operations Support; Training Technology Development

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

STEM Education and Outreach for K-12 and Higher Education

Up to $200K annually for up to 3 years

navy.mil

This program seeks to provide ‘game changing’ solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in participating in Naval STEM education programs and who ultimately will be interested in STEM careers. Typically 2 focus areas: STEM education and outreach programs aimed at inspiring, engaging, and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers; Metrics and evaluation to assess the effectiveness and impact of the Navy’s STEM efforts.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Electronic Warfare Technology

$500K – $1.5M annually for up to 3 years

navy.mil

This program seeks applied research that can develop and demonstrate technologies for next generation electronic warfare components and systems. Multiple topics change annually.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Electronics Technology

$250K – $500K annually for up to 3 years

navy.mil

This program seeks applied research that can advance and demonstrate science and technology for next generation electronics and devices. It focuses on a single topic that changes each year.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Minerva Research Initiative (MRI)

$300K – $1.5M annually for 3-5 years

navy.mil

MRI seeks to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community. The most recent topics were covered under the following categories: Belief formation and influence; Group identities and cultural norms; Movements for change; Collaboration and competition between violent groups; Models of Societal Resilience and Change; Role of the state in a globalized world; Cyber norms and governance; Beyond conventional deterrence; Emerging topics in power and deterrence.

Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

MDA Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR)

Up to $700K total for up to 3 years

fbo.gov

MSTAR funds advanced technology research and demonstration work at universities and supports training of future scientists and engineers in the field of missile defense. PIs must be U.S. citizens. Topics fall under the following categories: Radar Systems; Lasers and Electro-Optical Systems; Integrated Infrared Sensor Systems; Computer Science, Signal and Data Processing; Mathematics, Probability, and Decision Theory; Physics, Chemistry and Materials; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Battle Management/Command and Control; Modeling and Simulation; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Fundamental Research for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Up to $1M annually for up to 5 years

dtra.mil

This program focuses on basic and applied research that can significantly contribute to: current body of knowledge, understanding of phenomena and observable facts, significantly advancing revolutionary technology, new concepts for technology application, or future C-WMD threat reduction or capabilities. The program also supports STEM education programs. Topics change periodically but fall under the 5 categories noted above. Minimum 30% cost share is “strongly encouraged.”

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Basic Research for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Single Scope = up to $500K annually for up to 5 years; Multidisciplinary = up to $1M annually for up to 5 years

dtra.mil

This program focuses on basic research to safeguard against WMD (e.g., chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter threats and mitigate effects. Topics change annually but fall under 5 broad categories: Science of WMD Sensing and Recognition; Cognitive and Information Science; Science for Protection; Science to Defeat WMD; Science to Secure WMD

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

$50K – $1.5M

af.mil

DURIP provides equipment to enhance research education in fields important to DoD missions.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

$50K – $1.5M

navy.mil

DURIP provides equipment to enhance research education in fields important to DoD missions.

Army Research Office (ARO)

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

$50K – $1.5M

army.mil

DURIP provides equipment to enhance research education in fields important to DoD missions.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

Up to $1.5M annually for 3-5 years

af.mil

MURI supports basic science and engineering research that requires more than one discipline and university. 20-30 new topics every year, many of which fall within the following categories: Biotechnology and Bio-inspired Controls/Devices; Nanoscience; Computer Science: Human-Machine Systems; Computer Science: Adversary Modeling; Materials Science; Electronic Systems; Robotics/Autonomous Devices and Systems; and Energy Storage

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

Up to $1.5M annually for 3-5 years

navy.mil

MURI supports basic science and engineering research that requires more than one discipline and university. 20-30 new topics every year, many of which fall within the following categories: Biotechnology and Bio-inspired Controls/Devices; Nanoscience; Computer Science: Human-Machine Systems; Computer Science: Adversary Modeling; Materials Science; Electronic Systems; Robotics/Autonomous Devices and Systems; and Energy Storage

Army Research Office (ARO)

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

Up to $1.5M annually for 3-5 years

army.mil

MURI supports basic science and engineering research that requires more than one discipline and university. 20-30 new topics every year, many of which fall within the following categories: Biotechnology and Bio-inspired Controls/Devices; Nanoscience; Computer Science: Human-Machine Systems; Computer Science: Adversary Modeling; Materials Science; Electronic Systems; Robotics/Autonomous Devices and Systems; and Energy Storage