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.


The DoD Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office

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)

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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Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program seeks applications

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program seeks applications from qualified U.S. participants for multi-project wafer runs at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. …LEARN MORE

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Defense Department Invests $32 Million in Manufacturing Engineering Education Program

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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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