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
- Enhanced recoverability: technologies for enabling a platform to rapidly regain military capability after surviving an attack
- Reduced susceptibility: enhanced platform stealth through research into signature mechanisms and mitigation technologies
- Reduced vulnerability: technologies and design methodologies for reducing the vulnerability of platforms to an adversary attack
- Advanced 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:
- Advanced motor technologies providing options for future submarine designs
- Efforts advancing submarine platform survival from attacks in combat
- Efforts to provide an enduring platform stealth advantage over all potential adversaries
- Technologies for reducing depot maintenance and enhancing platform availability at lowest feasible operating cost
Research Challenges and Opportunities
- Advanced motor technologies providing high torque and power in a smaller geometry
- Technologies enabling design and construction of submarine platforms with greater survivability, combat power and endurance
- Technologies for improving understanding and mitigation of signatures in order to ensure an enduring platform stealth advantage in submarines
UPDATED: November 2020
Program Contact Information
How to Submit
For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.
- Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
- Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through grants.gov; instructions are included in the BAA.