Welcome to Research, Technology & Laboratories

Our  Vision:

Foster innovation and scientific and technological dominance across the Department of Defense, with our domestic partnerships and international alliances, and through excellent S&T workforce today and tomorrow

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Our  Mission:  

Sustaining U.S. scientific and technological superiority to enable unquestioned battlefield dominance

About Us

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 Deputy Director, RT&L serves as the advocate for the DoD laboratories and engineering centers, Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs), Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), and serves as the leader for the Defense-wide STEM education, outreach, and workforce development. This office is a proponent for basic research, small business engagement, and rapid innovation, while setting the tone for homeland defense capability development and ensuring our S&T priorities are focused on modernization.

Announcements

The DoD Announced Awards of $20K each for the 2021-2022 Cohort of the Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows

The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 cohort of the Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows. In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program, over 115 applicants from 88 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award.

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DoD Awards $46 Million in University Research Equipment Awards

Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced awards to 144 university researchers totaling $46 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These grants will be provided to 81 institutions across 35 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. DoD has long championed the country’s scientific ecosystem. Through DURIP, DoD supports purchases…

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FY 2022 SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program Awardees

FY 2022 SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program Awardees The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) program recently announced awards to 21 SMART PhD scholars as part of its competitive SMART Scholar SEED Grant program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program awards research grants worth up…

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The DoD Awards $47 Million in Grants Through the NDEP

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is pleased to announce more than $47 million to 15 awardees under the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Biotechnology, and Enhanced Civics Education. Awardees, consisting of a local education…

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DOD Awards 2021 STEM Scholars

The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program recently announced awards to 416 SMART scholars as part of its 2021 cohort.  The 2021 cohort is comprised of students representing 184 colleges and universities, and is the largest and most diverse in the program’s 15 year history. SMART is a Science,…

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Department of Defense Announces Request for Information on STEM Community College and Relevant Partners Consortium

OUSD(R&E) has announced a Request for Information on STEM Community College and Relevant Partners Consortium to help improve the future on future talent workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Responses are due by Friday, September 10, 2021.

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2021 SMART Scholar Symposium: Creating Leaders of the Future

The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program, managed under the Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), hosted its fourth annual symposium on July 13-15, 2021. To view the 2021 virtual symposium, visit the following SMART YouTube page.

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Second Quarter Laboratory Scientist, STEM Advocate, and Technology Transfer Advocate Awards

The Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology (DDRE(R&T)) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) is pleased to announce the second quarter Fiscal Year 2021 winners of the following awards:

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Department of Defense Announces Updated STEM Strategic Plan

Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is pleased to announce the release of the updated DoD STEM Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025.

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Second Round of Proposals for Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY) Program

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 authorized the Secretary of Defense to carry out a “Program to Establish Cyber Institutes at Institutions of Higher Learning for purposes of accelerating and focusing the development of foundational expertise in critical cyber operational skills for future military and civilian leaders.” Under the “Virtual Institutes for Cyber…

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