Welcome to Research & Technology

Our Vision:

Posture the R&D Enterprise to create far-reaching technology innovations and set them on a trajectory to create U.S. military technical advantage
•  Resource cross-cutting and joint research
•  Seed pursuit of new technology areas based on analysis of emerging strategic environment
•  Establish policies and procedures that facilitate the advancement, protection and transition of technology

                   Our Goals:

  • Goal #1:  Align with modernization priorities
  • Goal #2:  Ensure appropriate technology pipeline
  • Goal #3:  Create technology advantage
  • Goal #4:  Develop 21st Century Technology Industrial Base
  • Goal #5:  Create 21st Century S&T Enterprise
  • Goal #6:  Strengthen Collaboration

About Us

The Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research & Technology (DDR&E(R&T)) is the principal advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) on all of the Department’s Research and Technology investments. The DDR&E(R&T) oversees the Department’s entire Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio and ensures that DoD’s S&T enterprise is postured to develop the next generation of game-changing technologies and enable rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the warfighter. As the proponent for the DoD S&T Enterprise, the DDR&E(R&T) serves as the chief steward and advocate for the Department’s S&T workforce and laboratory infrastructure, oversees the Department’s Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC), and cultivates the next generation of S&T professionals for the Department. The DDR&E (R&T) also leads the Department's work to create DoD's technology advantage. DDRE(R&T) is the principal advisor to the USD(R&E) on the Department’s critical technology protection policy and oversees the health of the Defense technical industrial base to ensure that industry is postured to support DoD’s future technology and capability needs.

Research and Technology Leadership

Dr. JihFen Lei is the Acting Principal Deputy, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering at the Pentagon. She also serves as the Mission Area Advisor for National Defense Strategy technology development implementation and oversees activities in Microelectronics, Cyber, Quantum Science, Directed Energy and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence. She establishes the Department’s annual strategic Science and Technology investment strategy, issues policy and guidance for aligning the Department’s Science and Technology investment to this strategy, and conducts reviews to ensure progress toward the Department’s goals.

The Office of Research, Technology, and Laboratories (RT&L) fosters innovation, unparalleled technical expertise, and technological dominance for the Department of Defense through leading-edge S&T research programs, stewardship of laboratories and research institutions, development of a superior S&T workforce, engagement with other government agencies, industry and academia, and cooperation with international allies and partners.

The Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) promotes enduring warfighter and technological dominance enabled through superior mission systems resilient to exploitation; a competitive, assured national security innovation base; and preservation of technology advancements and practices.

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) collects, preserves, and integrates research and development data to enable trusted collaboration and information sharing within the research community in order to accelerate innovation delivery to our Warfighters.

The mission of the Defense Science and Technology Reliance 21 Initiative is to ensure integrated and coordinated strategic planning for the Department of Defense S&T program. Through the collaborative efforts of Communities of Interest and guided by the S&T Executive Committee (S&T ExCom), Reliance 21 continuously aligns our S&T investments to support the warfighter priorities and capability gaps, which the Department can only accomplish through the coordinated efforts of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, and Defense Agencies.

The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) is a five-nation, defense innovation network that harnesses science and technology in support of the national defense and security of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The US Principal and Deputy within TTCP are provided by DDR&E(R&T).

US-UK Stocktake

The US-UK Science and Technology (S&T) Defense Review, also known as the US-UK S&T Stocktake, strategically directs and balances short- and long-term S&T priorities, responds to emerging threats and opportunities, and ensures that collaborative activities complement those done in wider multilateral engagements. The US Principal and Deputy to the US-UK S&T Stocktake are provided by DDR&E(R&T).


The Department of Defense Announced Awards Totaling $2 Million for Minerva’s Defense Education Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership

March 27, 2020

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of faculty teams for awards through Minerva’s FY2019 Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership, supporting fundamental research and professional military education. This partnership aims to develop collaborative basic research relationships between Defense Professional Military Education (PME) Institutions and Civilian Research Universities and achieve the following:…

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2020 USASEF theme is “Vision for STEM: Seeing today’s students as tomorrow’s explorers, discoverers, and innovators!”

February 28, 2020

The USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) is America’s largest K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development festival. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been participating in the USASEF since 2012, and will again be a supporter at the 2020 USASEF which will be held at the Washington Convention Center Washington,…

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Fiscal Year 2020 University Research Funding Awards

February 26, 2020

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced $185 million in multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) awards to 26 research teams pursuing basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines. These five-year grants will be provided to teams located across 52 U.S. academic institutions, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds. READ MORE

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Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Team Development Meeting

February 6, 2020

On January 28-29, the SMART Program Office met with Logistics Management Institute (LMI) leadership at the LMI Headquarters in Tysons, VA. The two-day event focused on SMART development of the outreach work plan for the upcoming calendar year as well an internal mid-year review. On February 6, the SMART selection portal will open for sponsoring…

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Science, Technology & Innovation Exchange on April 28th-29th

February 4, 2020

Please join us April 28-29th in Washington, DC for STIX 2020: DISRUPTIONS. This year’s STIX aims to highlight the importance of basic research in disrupting current paradigms and assumptions. We will discuss the disruptions in understanding and technology wrought by basic science that benefit both the warfighter and general society, and/or best practices related to STEM…

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The DoD Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office

January 17, 2020

The DoD Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office is happy to announce the opening of Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) on the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal(CAC required). Instructions and topics for the BAAs are available on the legacy portal at: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/. Timeline: o January 14, 2020: Begin accepting proposals o January 22, 2020: SITIS closes to…

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National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

January 9, 2020

The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now on Grants.gov, announcement HQ0034-20-S-FO01. The Department of Defense (DoD) seeks innovative applications on mechanisms to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, outreach, and/or workforce initiative programs. The Department intends to award multiple grants, subject to the availability of funds. Activities will…

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Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program seeks applications

January 8, 2020

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program seeks applications from qualified U.S. participants for multi-project wafer runs at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. …LEARN MORE

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Defense Department Invests $32 Million in Manufacturing Engineering Education Program

January 2, 2020

The Department of Defense, through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, has selected seven awardees for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program. These distinguished educational and industry partners will receive more than $32 million over a three-year period to establish or expand educational opportunities for Americans to acquire manufacturing skills…

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DoD Awards $48.9 Million to Universities for Major Research Equipment

November 21, 2019

“These awards provide research infrastructure to enable the most creative scientific minds in the country to extend the boundaries of science and technology,” said Dr. Mitch Nikolich, director of defense research and engineering for research and technology. “The awards will maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our universities and the outstanding training of our STEM workforce.…

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