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

    • A DoD S&T Enterprise recognized globally for technical excellence and thought leadership
    • A balanced approach between maintaining scientific collaboration and protecting American scientific advances from illicit exploitation
    • Accelerated technology advancement by harnessing the full range of DoD’s science and innovation base

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 Principal Deputy, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology and Acting 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.

Defense Microelectronics drives rapid modernization of defense systems through access to advanced microelectronics technologies by establishment of: secure design, assembly, packaging, and test capabilities; full lifecycle confidentiality, and integrity; sustainable sources of mission essential technologies; and an invigorated domestic ecosystem to rapidly and securely mature emerging advanced technology.

DTIC collects, disseminates, and analyzes scientific and technical (S&T) information to rapidly and reliably deliver the knowledge base that propels the development of warfighter capabilities. DTIC manages DoD's sole centralized S&T repository of 4.6M+ documents from across the Services and agencies; provides verified users access to unclassified, controlled and classified S&T information; and via the DoD Information Analysis Centers, solves technology challenges through rapid, flexible and low-cost research services.

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).

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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 Announces Awards of $20,000 each for the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Minerva-U.S. Institute of Peace, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows

June 23, 2020

The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of the Minerva-USIP, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows. In partnership with the USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program, more than 110 applicants from 80 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The dissertations chosen for the Peace and Security…

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DOD Awards $24 Million for the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

May 12, 2020

The Department of Defense has selected eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers and provided $24 million in fellowship funds as part of the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows. Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners. For the fiscal year 2020 competition, the Department received more than 200 white papers,…

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DOD Invests $3.6 Million for the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Competition Winners

May 1, 2020

The Department of Defense has selected six collaborative teams as winners of the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) competition. Each team will receive up to $600,000 over a three-year period of performance to pursue science and engineering research in areas relevant to DOD initiatives supporting the National Defense Strategy. DEPSCoR is a…

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Defense Department Invests Additional $47 Million in High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative

April 28, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the Department of Defense selected General Atomics as a third prime contractor to join previously selected prime contractors Lockheed Martin, and nLight/Nutronics in building high energy lasers for the High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative (HELSI). Each developer will produce a 300 kW class high energy laser (HEL) source prototype with an…

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Newton Award Funding Opportunity for Transformative Ideas

April 16, 2020

The Basic Research Office in the U.S. Department of Defense announces the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This award opportunity is available at grants.gov and proposals are due on May 15, 2020. READ MORE

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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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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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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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