Subsurface Platform Science & Technology
Science and technology (S&T) efforts focused on preserving and advancing the advantage of U.S. Navy platforms over adversaries. Areas of focus within the program include, but are not limited to:
- Technologies improving platform survivability
- Reduced susceptibility: enhanced platform stealth through research into signature mechanisms, the role of the platform structure in noise radiation, technologies for reducing submarine signatures and improving dynamic awareness of signatures.
- Reduced vulnerability: technologies and design methodologies for reducing the vulnerability of platforms to an adversary attack. Technology areas include structural materials, design considerations and fabrication techniques, and advanced coatings.
- Enhanced recoverability: technologies for enabling a platform to rapidly regain military capability after surviving an attack.
- S&T efforts for advancing lighter-weight and highly-damped materials to be used in platform designs to expand design options.
- Advanced propulsion and thrust production technologies providing options for future platform designers.
This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform performance S&T, advanced sea platform survivability S&T, submarine S&T, and naval engineering.
Research Concentration Areas
Research areas target the program goals of enhancing the mission effectiveness and endurance of submarine platforms. These include:
- Efforts to provide an enduring stealth advantage over all potential adversaries into the 2080s and beyond
- Efforts advancing submarine platform survivability from attacks in combat
- Lighter-weight, highly-damped materials able to withstand high load conditions and fatigue wear for use throughout the submarine design to expand ship design options
- Advanced propulsion motor technologies providing options for future submarine designs
- Technologies for reducing depot maintenance and enhancing platform availability at lowest feasible operating cost
Research Challenges and Opportunities
- Technologies for improving understanding and mitigation of signatures in order to ensure an enduring stealth advantage of the U.S. submarine to the end of the century
- Technologies enabling design and construction of submarine platforms with greater survivability, combat power and endurance
- Lighter weight, highly damped materials with load carrying capability and fatigue tolerance of current materials
- Advanced propulsion motor technologies providing high torque and power in a smaller geometry
Type of Funding Available
- Basic Research
- Applied Research
- Advanced Technology Development
Program Contact Information
Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions
Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to grants.gov website.