Institution Support

Support the Institution

The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation provides that margin of excellence to the Naval Postgraduate School by providing rapid support of NPS initiatives when government funding is unavailable, unable to support a specific project, or moving too slowly. We focus on institutional priorities that Strengthen NPS Core, Enhance NPS Competitiveness, and Increase NPS Impact.
Institutional Priorities
Community Outreach
Project Athena

Institutional Priorities

Each year, NPS outlines its institutional priorities. These priorities reveal where we concentrate our support to the school for the coming year. While priorities change from year-to-year, the mission of the school and the effects of our support do not: Together, we are enhancing national security, strengthening our military capability, and funding essential programs to hasten innovation in our Department of Defense.

2021-22 Institutional Priorities:

The Sea, Land, Air Military Research (SLAMR) facility
The Human Enhancement Research Group (HERG)
The Defense Innovation Support Program via SEED and "Seedling" Projects.
Great Power Competition on-campus education and distance-learning outreach.
Applied Design Center for Technology
The CAPT Wayne P. Hughes, Jr. Naval Warfare Studies Institute initiatives related to wargaming, emerging technology, Warfare Domains and Disciplines
"Athena" research, discovery and collaboration tool
Strategic Communications promoting NPS Institutional Advancement
NPS Alumni Pride
Expanding Collaboration Opportunities for NPS Faculty and Students

Community Outreach

NPS Discovery Day is an annual event, designed to introduce the regional community to the Naval Postgraduate School. As a military base, the school is typically closed off to the public. This rare, open-campus event features STEM demonstrations and activities, research lab tours, keynote lectures, and topical panel sessions. Discover NPS Day gives community members and local schoolchildren the opportunity to see firsthand how NPS accomplishes its unique mission of defense-focused graduate education. Each year, the NPS Foundation sponsors the event to help bring more people onto campus, host a VIP reception for special guests, and enhance the experience for the over 2,000 school-age visitors from across the Central California Coast.


Tomorrow’s conflicts will be more integrated, autonomous, and agile than any in our history. Your donation funds all-domain research and classroom facilities that enable NPS to forge a future where NPS’ students, faculty and accomplishments are central to the success of the Naval and Joint Forces. The NPS Foundation funds new facilities and upgrades existing spaces on campus.
In order to best educate and prepare NPS students for 21st century warfare, a modern, state-of-the-art, educational venue is required on the NPS campus. The ADCT will enable multi-disciplinary, project-based learning that creates warfighting solutions at the speed of relevance. Deliberately designed to prioritize collaboration, hands-on experimentation, advanced analytics, autonomous technologies, increasingly classified work and immersive demonstrations, this facility will be optimized to create solutions with direct relevance to the Fleet, while also sustaining long-term thinking for the future of the Navy and broader DOD.
The SLAMR is a multi-domain research facility for private industry, academia and government experimentation and research projects focusing on national defense applications in robotics, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and maritime related 5G telecommunications. The NPS Foundation provided the seed funding for this initiative and continues to fund renovations and upgrades in order to sustain and grow the initiative.

Project Athena

The national security challenges we face require close collaboration across domains, disciplines and services to spur innovation across the Joint Force. To enable the national security innovation ecosystem and address the challenge of disconnectedness across the DOD and academia, the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation is developing a collaborative research tool in partnership with Microsoft and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Athena, which began as a student project and early prototype, is an application built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Teams to assure security, enhance scalability and deliver content across all devices. Athena empowers researchers, sponsors and leaders across the Naval Education Enterprise and the Department of Defense to access and query information currently stored in numerous separate databases by use of keywords, topics of interest, service priorities and other filters. 

Athena allows academia, industry and the DOD to work together as a team to solve the hardest and highest priority challenges facing our nation.

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