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 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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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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DoD Announces SMART Scholarship Awards for 2019

November 20, 2019

The Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship-for-Service Program awarded 298 scholarships to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs across the United States this year. Open Announcement

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Tactical Vehicle Electrification Kit (TVEK) Pentagon Demonstration

October 17, 2019

TVEK Display October 24, 2019 10:30 am – 1 pm Pentagon Courtyard between Corridor 1 & 10 Ten additional OECIF projects will be on display in the Pentagon, Floor 2 at Apex 1/2 , in conjunction with Energy Action Month The Deputy Director, Research, Technology and Laboratories in partnership with the Army invites you to the…

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Air Force Hosting Microelectronics Innovation Industry Day in Arlington Virginia on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October 7, 2019

Interested candidates will learn about an exciting new research opportunity called Microelectronics Innovation for Next-generation System Advancement and Validation (MINSAV); see FBO.org – Special Notice FA8650-19-S-1932 for further information on registering for this free event. READ MORE

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Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM

October 2, 2019

On 9 July, Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women, was awarded a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM. Funded through the DoD Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program, the Center is devoted to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research capabilities through faculty and student training,…

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2019-2020 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows Announced

September 5, 2019

The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 cohort of the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows. This year, over 110 applicants from 70 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The dissertations chosen for the Peace Scholar Fellowship show the greatest potential to advance peacebuilding and security fields, and…

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LUCI Fellow wins Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award

September 4, 2019

2017 Laboratory University Collaborative Initiative LUCI Fellow Brittany Lynn received the 2018 Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) Research, Development, and Acquisition (RD&A) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award for Emerging Scientist. Dr. Lynn is a driving force behind the advancement of new short and ultra-short laser-induced plasma applications…

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Minerva Meeting & Program Review

September 4, 2019

SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Minerva Meeting & Program Review. At this annual event, Minerva grant awardees will share research findings to date with defense policy makers and military operations personnel throughout the two-day review. Pending conference approval, the 2019 Minerva Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, on September 18-19. More details, including…

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