Warfighter Augmentation

The aim of Warfighter Augmentation is to discover biologically-inspired adaptations and bioengineered technologies for the optimization of naval warfighters through multidisciplinary research in science and technology fields such as comparative physiology, neurobiology, marine science, material science, and nanotechnology.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Bio-inspired camouflage and detection mitigation technologies
  • Multi-functional advanced bio-materials for naval platforms (i.e., shape-shifting, self-healing, bio-hybrid adaptive materials including biosensors and bioelectronics)
  • Communication and signaling mechanisms of aquatic microbes
  • Technology development for humans in extreme environmental conditions (i.e., extreme heat and cold)

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Basic research to understand the fundamental mechanisms of sensory processing and integration in aquatic systems
  • Basic research to understand biological signaling mechanisms and communication in the aquatic environment
  • Applied research investigating the design of biomaterials to augment naval warfighter performance (i.e., multifunctional, shape-shifting, self-healing, bio-hybrid adaptive materials including biosensors and bioelectronics)
  • Applied research investigating the sustainability and functionality of newly developed biomaterials and bioelectronics in underwater environments

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Kristy Hentchel

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 342

Email for Questions: kristy.hentchel@navy.mil


Program Funding

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 34 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to grants.gov website.

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