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

NEPTUNE Logo on a Transparent BackgroundThe Office of Naval Research (ONR 33) NEPTUNE program helps the Navy and Marine Corps discover ways to improve energy conservation, generate renewable energy and implement energy-efficient technologies — while giving active-duty military and veteran students the chance to immerse themselves in university-level research.

Program participants will 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 dryout 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

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. N00014-21-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; instructions are included in the BAA.

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