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 Department of Defense Announced Awards Totaling $2 Million for Minerva’s Defense Education Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership

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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2020 USASEF theme is “Vision for STEM: Seeing today’s students as tomorrow’s explorers, discoverers, and innovators!”

The USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) is America’s largest K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development festival. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been participating in the USASEF since 2012, and will again be a supporter at the 2020 USASEF which will be held at the Washington Convention Center Washington,…

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Fiscal Year 2020 University Research Funding Awards

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

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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Science, Technology & Innovation Exchange on April 28th-29th

Please join us April 28-29th in Washington, DC for STIX 2020: DISRUPTIONS. This year’s STIX aims to highlight the importance of basic research in disrupting current paradigms and assumptions. We will discuss the disruptions in understanding and technology wrought by basic science that benefit both the warfighter and general society, and/or best practices related to STEM…

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Basic Research Office released the final report from the Future Directions in Human Machine Teaming Workshop

On January 29, the Basic Research Office released the final report from the Future Directions in Human Machine Teaming Workshop in July 2019. This workshop convened researchers in the cognitive science, computer science, and human-oriented design communities to discuss opportunities and challenges for developing artificial agents that are built and designed around human cognition rather…

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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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