Naval Force Health Protection

The aim of the Naval Force Health Protection program is to research and develop innovative capabilities to protect the warfighter, reduce injury risk and improve combat casualty care while also optimizing performance. The program seeks basic and applied research in neuroscience, bioengineering, biophysics, bio-nano-technology, autonomy and material science to understand the underlying mechanisms of injury and repair, which can be applied broadly to ensure Naval Force Health Protection and Readiness.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Sub-cellular to organismal computational modeling
  • Fundamentals of cavitation in soft materials
  • Simulation and experimentation addressing traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Combat casualty care technologies
  • Human-machine teaming with the focus on the human body
  • Medical autonomy

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Basic and applied research to understand the mechanisms of injury and repair from mechanical damage to human tissues during naval operations, such as protective measures against microbial insult within the littoral zone
  • Enable improved warfighter operational readiness through investigation of physiological parameters causing functional limitations, and develop strategies to increase and optimize warfighter capabilities
  • Novel therapeutic approaches to internal and external wounds using non-biologically derived nano-particles; materials; and low-power, energetic processes to establish cellular injury limits and enhance repair (e.g., phononics and ionized plasma)
  • Enhance and optimize understanding of cellular, molecular and nanoscale response in TBI to reduce risk and promote warfighter health, enable defensive actions and better collect/analyze data for decision making
  • Basic and applied research to understand the effects of cavitation deformation dynamics in soft materials such as humans and soft robotics
  • Basic and applied research to develop human digital twin, integrating computational modeling, and body-worn sensor data to inform injury-risk prediction, enhance design of protective equipment and platforms; and establish safe parameters for casualty evacuation
  • Research to develop autonomous medical systems to provide continuous care in an integrated evacuation chain with reduced manpower in support of naval expeditionary warfare (e.g. closed-loop control resuscitation algorithms, optimized evacuation systems, localization and triage of personnel in water)

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Timothy Bentley

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 342

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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