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Vannevar Bush stated in his seminal report, Science: the Endless Frontier that:

“Basic research leads to new knowledge. It provides scientific capital. It creates the fund from which the practical applications of knowledge must be drawn. New products and new processes do not appear full-grown. They are founded on new principles and new conceptions, which in turn are painstakingly developed by research in the purest realms of science.”

It is with these concepts in mind, that the Basic Research Office (BRO) approaches its role in oversight and management of DoD’s basic research investments. Additionally, BRO sets scientific priorities aimed toward ensuring DoD is a leader in scientific discovery and identifying new paths for investigation. The office is responsible for setting Department policy for grants, and manages the following programs: Historically Black Colleges & Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, Minerva, as well as a number of pilot programs meant to rethink the Department’s approach to managing and maturing basic research investments.


  • STIX
    The Science, Technology, Innovation Exchange (STIX) was originally piloted in 2017, with the intent of communicating the big ideas, positive social impacts, and disruptive capabilities that have resulted from DoD S&T investments.  The event included a series of lightning (up to 12 minute) talks in fields of science, technology, and STEM, that were presented by DoD personnel and DoD sponsored participants, from across the Department and that span careers from graduate students to senior researchers.
  • Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI)
    The Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI) pilot program has released the FY18 BAA.  DESI will fund projects that bring together industry and university teams to look for new solutions to challenging defense and national security problems, with the aim of accelerating the impact of basic research on defense capabilities. 
  • I-Corps @ DoD

    I-Corps @ DoD is a partnership with the National Science Foundation to provide DoD-funded researchers with training from experienced entrepreneurs in how to commercialize their innovations. BRO is also looking to establish bridges that will allow teams who have completed the training to more seamlessly mature innovations into products that may enter DoD programs of record. The announcement for FY18 is accepting proposals through July 6. For more information, see announcement by clicking here

  • The Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI)
    The Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI) started in 2016 to identify, and competitively fund, three-year basic research collaborations between leading scientists at the DoD laboratories and the Vannevar Bush fellows at US universities in fields of critical interest to the Department.


Basic Research News

White Paper Submission Open for 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Class Story

Team led by 2017 Vannevar Bush Fellow, Dr.Teri Odom, Develops Tunable Lasers Inspired by Nature Story

2017 Vannevar Bush Fellow, Dr. Shanhui Fan, has Research Highlighted in New York Times Story

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