Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE)

NEPTUNE Logo on a Transparent BackgroundThe Office of Naval Research (ONR 33) NEPTUNE program aligns university research with the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and establishes entrepreneurial practices to accelerate delivery of university-derived technologies and products to the defense and commercial sectors. Each selected project will have at least one Problem Sponsor, and a research team consisting of University researchers and military or veteran students. NEPTUNE establishes long-term university and Navy's Naval Research and Development Establishment (NRDE) partnerships to evaluate the feasibility, viability, and desirability of university-derived technologies and products to meet DoN operational needs. Program participants engage in interdisciplinary research across multiple energy-related areas of study. This collaborative approach accelerates progress by identifying upstream or downstream roadblocks, and potential solutions in rapid timeframes.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Cyber-physical security
  • Electronic systems and energy management
  • Fuels and batteries
  • Hacking for Defense (H4D)
  • Microgrids
  • Wearable electronics

Research Challenges and Opportunities

Some examples of focus areas for research are listed below. This list is not all-encompassing. Please reach out to the program officer listed for further information:

  • Access to wearable, flexible, and lightweight electronics; such as solar cells, batteries and sensors
  • Development of low-cost, catalyst materials for portable hydrogen generation and on-demand power
  • Development of low-cost, high-performance electrode materials for Na-ion batteries
  • Fundamental studies on composition/performance correlations for aviation fuels
  • Heterogeneous surface wettability for manipulation of dry out hydrodynamics and bubble departure during high-heat-flux boiling processes
  • Improvements in Department of Defense electronic systems; including radars, communication, navigation, and munitions’ electronics

For More Information

UPDATED: November 2020

Program Contact Information

Name: Maria Medeiros

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 333

Email for Questions:

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. N00014-22-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; instructions are included in the BAA.

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