The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation recently invested a total of $145,000 in defense research projects and education programs led by Naval Postgraduate School faculty that support the exploration and application of critical emerging technologies for national security.
“Our Defense Innovation Fund and Seed Program allow private funding to quickly and directly propel innovation in the Department of Defense and catalyze partnerships between industry, academia and government,” said Karen Hargrove, NPS Foundation Trustee and chair of the Foundation’s Funding Committee. “The myriad of threats facing our nation are diverse and complex. We must work together to advance our national security in the face of new and evolving challenges.”
The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation uses a competitive, venture capital funding model to select SEED and Seedling projects that are at the forefront of responding to the new threats facing our country. Earlier this year, the NPS Foundation invested $625,000 in research and facility enhancements though the Foundation’s Defense Innovation Fund. This second round of funding for 2022 supports Naval Postgraduate School priorities and accelerates the adoption of new capabilities into the Naval services and the broader Department of Defense.
The Foundation provided $75,000 in Seedling funding to support the Fifth Generation Maintainer project, led by Dr. Imre Balogh and the NPS MOVES Institute, which explores the use of augmented reality to support maintenance processes, documentation and quality assurance across the Naval enterprise. The research team already has two patents granted, with seven more in process, and is working with a number of Naval Warfare Centers. The funding supports the continued research and development of processes and technologies that are adaptable, scalable, and resource efficient.
The following seven projects received $10,000 each in SEED funding:
In addition to supporting Naval Postgraduate School priorities, projects such as those exploring space systems technologies and undersea warfare technologies align with the DOD’s Technology Vision, the Chief of Naval Operations NAVPLAN 2022 and the 2022 National Defense Strategy to increase collaboration with commercial partners to augment existing capabilities and foster rapid future capability employment.
“The SEED and Seedling funding from the NPS Foundation allows NPS to be highly flexible and responsive to emerging threats and innovative technologies. This support is critical to ensuring that we maintain a competitive advantage over our near-peer adversaries,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, NPS Vice Provost for Research. “This support also furthers NPS’ collaboration with industry partners, greatly expanding our capabilities to conduct highly relevant research and deliver solutions to the warfighter.”
The NPS Foundation’s Defense Innovation Fund moves projects from concept to capability by providing the initial investment to develop projects to the point where they can compete for federal spending. The SEED program uses a venture capital model to support research projects that address operational challenges and educational advancement. If the initial research shows sufficient progress and potential, those projects can become “Seedlings” and receive additional funding. The investment in early-stage research creates opportunities for the Naval Postgraduate School to develop capabilities well before the military services uncover a vulnerability or opportunity. By funding early-stage projects, ideas from some of our nation’s brightest are transformed into scalable and world-changing solutions for defense, technology, energy, climate and more. Donate to the Defense Innovation Fund and make a major impact on America’s global advantage.