The SwampWorks program explores innovative, high-risk and disruptive technologies and concepts. Due to the portfolio's high-risk nature, SwampWorks leverages short exploratory studies to examine the maturation of a proposed technology before making substantial investments. Efforts are smaller in scope than innovative naval protoypes and are intended to produce results in less than three years.
SwampWorks has substantial flexibility in planning and execution. Its streamlined approval process allows for the shortest possible technology development timeframe. A formal transition agreement is not required; however, SwampWorks programs routinely have strong advocacy outside of the Office of Naval Research, either from the acquisition community or the fleet.
SwampWorks is not limited to any set of technology areas. Open to great ideas all year long, the program will invest in innovative technology development and experimentation that will ultimately provide a dramatic improvement for the warfighter.