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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


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.

Tactical Vehicle Electrification Kit (TVEK) Pentagon Demonstration

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…

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

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

Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM

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,…

2019-2020 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows Announced

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…

LUCI Fellow wins Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award

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…

SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Minerva Meeting & Program Review

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…

SBIR Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are now in pre-release!

The DOD SBIR 19.3 and STTR 19.C Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are now in pre-release! You can now view topics, ask questions through the SITIS Q&A system, and contact topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic). This BAA will officially open for proposal submission on September 24, 2019!

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Conference

On August 5-8, the first annual National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Conference took place in San Diego, California. This three and a half-day conference was hosted by the tri-services (Army, Navy, and Air Force) in coordination with the Basic Research Office and featured over 190 current and former DoD NDSEG fellow research…

Applications for the SMART Fellowship are Officially open!

Applications for the SMART Fellowship are Officially open! Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. For over a decade, SMART Scholars have been working within labs and agencies…

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