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

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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DoD Announces Additional Fiscal Year 2021 University Research Funding Awards

Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced an additional $10 million in funding awards to 4 teams that participated in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) competition, managed by the Basic Research Office (BRO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)).

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Q1 FY21 Laboratory Scientist, STEM Advocate, and T2 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 first quarter (Q1) Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) winners of the following awards: Department of Defense (DoD) Laboratory Scientist of the QuarterDr. John Bennewitz, U.S.…

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2021 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Arlington, VA – On May 5th, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2021 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF). The highly competitive fellowship is the DoD’s flagship single investigator award for basic research. VBFF is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, with grants managed by the Office of Naval Research.

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DoD Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Awards

Arlington, VA – Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $10.2 million in Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) awards to 17 collaborative teams for the FY2020 competition. DEPSCoR is a congressionally mandated, capacity building program that is designed to strengthen the basic research infrastructure at institutions of higher education in underutilized states…

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