On August 24, the Department of Defense (DOD) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC). The Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) is soliciting research of interest to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers. Some of the topics of interest include: railgun development, Big Data analysis, cyber and cyber-warfare development, and robotics for Navy shipyards.
Topics included in the BAA are as follows:
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division
- Sensor Fusion: Current technology limits the probability and quality of detection; thus, sensor fusion techniques or data algorithms are needed to increase confidence and quality of the sensors.
- Machine Learning Systems for Wireless Cyber Environments: Conduct research and develop methods to evaluate the readiness of machine learning systems in environments with adversarial RF signals.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
- Emerging software development: This research includes Scalable Linux and real-time visualization support for cyber security; software metrics, certification, and verification; automated testing; multicore hardware; and model-based development.
- “Laser propagation, energy density, manufacturing, control, beam forming, and related topics to lasers as weapons in a marine environment,”
- “Analysis of mission engineering for emerging weapons systems, systems engineering techniques and algorithms, platform level analysis capabilities, integrated platform analysis capabilities, missions thread visualizations capabilities, and related research topics.”
- Modeling and simulation development of methods for aggregating data across higher and lower-level simulations, tools to link simulation results to mission effectiveness, and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methods and tools.
- “Radar unitization in a marine environment to include component development, power density, advanced signal processing, track processing, and related topics for surface radar applications”
- Railgun research which includes: “materials for rail ablation reduction, energy storage, weight reduction, energy recovery, component development, high energy systems components, advanced cooling techniques, and related research for railgun systems.”
- Big Data analysis tool development: “data classification, clustering, dimensionality reduction, predictive analysis, and visualization to include forensic and streaming data analysis.”
- Artificial intelligence/autonomy: Research and development should include tools for optimal strategy creation that includes multiple players with incomplete data; deep learning tools for pattern recognition; and vehicle control that allows for collaborative behavior between groups of vehicles.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
- Communications and Processing for Mobile Distributed Sensor and Weapon Networks: Technologies are needed that can produce sufficient and reliable communications and processing for mobile distributed sensing and engagement undersea networks.
- Multi-Vehicle Autonomy, Sensing, and Collaboration: Technologies which improve unmanned maritime or ground systems that use autonomous cooperating sensor and response platforms are desired. Improved sensing in challenging environments such as beach and surf zones is also needed.
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Division
- Cyber and Cyber-Warfare Research and Development: “Develop innovative cyber-warfare and information-assurance tools specifically with respect to evaluation and visualization to aid in testing software systems during and after development. These tools would aid in evaluation of software systems with respect to vulnerabilities, unexpected responses or choices, and other details that would affect the availability of the system.”
- Robotics for Navy Shipyard Applications: Automated or robotic systems with the ability to be used by shipyard personnel in drydocks, aboard ships, and in industrial repair facilities that can resolve personnel-intensive tasks (coating removal, enclosed tank and void inspections and repairs, internal piping system inspections, etc.) are desired to reduce the reliance on labor and the potential for injury.
Letters of Intent: Not required.
Time Line for Submission: Eligible applicants may submit full proposals under more than one topic area and may submit multiple proposals as long as none are submitted to more than one warfare center or activity identified in the BAA. The closing date for this BAA is October 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Funds are estimated to be awarded by March 1, 2018.
Total Funding and Award Size: DOD has not specified an amount of funds to be dedicated to this BAA. The number and size of awards will vary amongst the research areas and depending on the quality of proposals submitted.
Eligibility and Limitations: The BAA specifies that, “all responsible sources from academia may submit proposals under this BAA.” Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), DOD and civilian agency laboratories, and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are not eligible to submit proposals.
- The full BAA is available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296758.