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Funding Available for Military R&D

The U.S. Department of Defense seeks proposals for environmental research and development in the area of munitions management.

Posted December 2008

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Munitions Management focus area.

SERDP intends to fund multiple projects focusing on advanced technologies for detection, discrimination, and remediation of military munitions and improvements in the detection and remediation of underwater military munitions.

The development and application of innovative environmental science and technology supports the long-term sustainability of DoD's installations and ranges, as well as significantly reduces current and future environmental liabilities, the DoD said in a statement. The munitions management focus area concentrates on detection, discrimination, and remediation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at closed and active ranges. This work encompasses the development of technologies for range clearance, wide area assessment, signal processing algorithms, geolocation techniques, and cued identification.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 statement of needs (SONs) will be selected through a competitive process. The SONs are:

  1. Advanced Technologies for Detection, Discrimination, and Remediation of Military Munitions
  2. Improvements in the Detection and Remediation of Underwater Military Munitions

Pre-proposals from the non-federal sector are due by Thursday, 8 January 2009. Proposals from the federal sector are due by Thursday, 12 March 2009. 

The SONs and detailed instructions for federal and private sector proposers are available on the SERDP Web site at www.serdp.org/funding.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $150,000) to investigate new environmental technologies with innovative approaches that entail high technical risk and/or have minimal supporting data that provide risk reduction and/or proof of concept.

For FY 2010, Munitions Management SEED proposals are being requested in response to the following SON: Advanced Technologies for Detection, Discrimination, and Remediation of Military Munitions on Land and Underwater.

All seed proposals are due by Thursday, 12 March 2009.

Detailed instructions for both federal and non-federal proposers are available at www.serdp.org/funding.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200812.02

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