LUCI: Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative
Defense-University Partnerships Driving Innovation

LUCI is a program that supports collaboration between DoD lab scientists and DoD-funded academics. An important objective of this phase of LUCI is to engage leading university scientists and their students, introduce them to the DoD research environment, and facilitate collaborative work that addresses long-term DoD basic research needs. 

Historically, basic research in universities is often the source and engine for technological advancements and innovations.  The LUCI program strives to capitalize on the unfettered curiosity driven research and innovative spirit of universities by focusing their energy and ideas on defense research.  This is realized by a partnership with a scientist at a DoD research laboratory, whose primary job is to bring better capabilities to the Future Warfighter. The scientific topic areas that LUCI supports are in applied mathematics, cognitive neuroscience, engineering biology, novel engineered materials, quantum information science, manufacturing science, and other areas of interest.

The LUCI program adds value to the defense enterprise by funding high risk basic research projects and providing adequate time to DoD researchers to cultivate their ideas for long term research. This investment results in new knowledge and insight that can be used to fill capability gaps, generate patents, bring in human capital to the defense research enterprise, and build stronger relationships with academic researchers.
 

FY24 LUCI Competition
The FY2024 Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now open. For more information, click here.

 

Important Dates:

 

Event

Date

Time

RunGrants site open for white papers and supporting documents submission

26 January 2024

 

Final date/time for submission of white papers and supporting documents

19 April 2024

11:59 PM Eastern

Daylight Time

Notification of white paper selections for

interviews

10 June 2024*

 

Interview period

19 - 23 August 2024*

 

Notification of selections for award

30 August 2024*

 

Start date of project

01 October 2024*

 

*These dates are estimates as of the date of this announcement. Please be mindful of the limited scheduling opportunities for the interview phase and plan accordingly.

FY21 LUCI Webinar
To view the FY21 LUCI webinar presentation, click
here.

 

 

Meet the LUCI Fellows

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2023 LUCI Fellows

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim Boulares
   
Army Research Laboratory
Materials 

Vail Owen 

Army Research Laboratory
Materials

Patrick Callahan 

Naval Research Laboratory
Materials

Keith Knipling 
 

Naval Research Laboratory
Materials




James Delehanty
   
Naval Research Laboratory
Cognitive Neural Science




Mulugeta Haile
  
Army Research Laboratory
Other




William Kennedy
      
Air Force Research Laboratory
Materials




Dass Chandriker 
 

Air Force Research Laboratory
Materials

Manoj Kolel-Veetil
      

  Naval Research Laboratory
Other

 

 

Spencer Olson
     

Air Force Research Laboratory
Quantum Information Science

 

 

Steven Rodriguez

Naval Research Laboratory
Applied Math



Meagan Small
   

Army Research Laboratory
Fundamentals of Bio-engineering

   

Jordan Baumbach 

Army Research Laboratory
Fundamentals of Bio-engineering
Corey Trahan
   
Army Research Laboratory
Networks/AI
Mark Loveland 

Army Research Laboratory
Networks/AI
Tanya Tschirhart
   

Naval Research Laboratory
Fundamentals of Bio-engineering

 

 

 

 2021 LUCI Fellows

 

Luke Baldwin

Air Force Research Laboratory
Engineered Materials and Structures

 

Jorge Benavides

Air Force Research Laboratory
Fundamentals of Bioengineering

 

Janice Boercker
Naval Research Laboratory
Engineered Materials and Structures

 

Sang-Yeon Cho

Army Research Laboratory
Electronics, Photonics, and Quantum

 


Luke Johnson

Naval Research Laboratory
Physics
 

 

Patrick Taylor
 
Army Research Laboratory
Electronics, Photonics, and Quantum

 

Stanislav Tsoi
 

Naval Research Laboratory
Electronics, Photonics, and Quantum

 

Dashiell Vitullo
 
Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Information Science

Cyril Williams

Army Research Laboratory
Physics

 

 

Suya You

Army Research Laboratory
Networks and Artificial Intelligence

 

 

 

 

 2020 LUCI Fellows

 

Steve Kim

Air Force Research Laboratory
Engineering Biology

 

Chase Ellis

Naval Research Laboratory
Materials

 

Janice Boercker
Naval Research Laboratory
Materials

 

Ramakanth Munipalli

Air Force Research Laboratory
Applied Mathematics

 

Lawrence Drummy

Air Force Research Laboratory
Quantum Information Sciences

 

Vladimir S. Malinovsky
 
Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Information Sciences

 

Adam Friedman
 
Laboratory for Physical Sciences
Materials

 

Christopher Richardson
 
Laboratory for Physical Sciences
Materials

 

Philip Buskohl

Air Force Research Laboratory
Materials

 

 

 

 

 2018 LUCI Fellows

Nathaniel Bridges

Air Force Research Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Katherine Brodie

ERDC
Oceanography/Remote Sensing

 

Matthew Dickerson

Air Force Research Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing &
Self-Assembly

 

Alexander Efros 

Naval Research Laboratory
Nanophotonics/2D Materials

 
John Lyons

Naval Research Laboratory
Nanophotonics/2D Materials
 
 Elizabeth Goldschmidt

Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Sensing
 
Michael Goodson

Air Force Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology 
 
Mark Griep

Army Research Laboratory
 
Nanoplasmonics
 
Michelle Johannes

Naval Research Laboratory
Topological Materials

 
Keith Knipling

Naval Research Laboratory
High-temperature Structural
Materials
Matthew Marge

Army Research Laboratory
Human-Machine Interaction

 
Gordon Briggs

Naval Research Laboratory
Human-Machine Interaction

 

 

 

 Additive manufacturing and self-assembly

 

 Additive manufacturing and self-assembly
 2017 LUCI Fellows

Noam Bernstein

Naval Research Office
Electronic Materials


Jared Culbertson

Air Force Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Robotics


Derek Doyle

Air Force Research Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing


Cameron Good

Army Research Laboratory
Biocompatible Electronics 

Danhong Huang

Air Force Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Quantum Materials

Lance Kaplan

Army Research Laboratory
Network Science

Brittany Lynn

Space and Naval Warfare
Optics

Igor Mazin
Naval Research Office
Electronic Materials

Richard A. McKinley

Air Force Research Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience

Frank Narducci

Naval Postgraduate School
Quantum Information Science/ Sensing

Colin Olson

Naval Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Compressive Sensing

 
 2016 LUCI Fellows

Bryn Adams

Army Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology 


Blair Connelly

Army Research Laboratory
Photonics


Charles R. “Chip” Eddy, Jr.

Naval Research Laboratory
Novel Semiconductor Growth


Patrick Folkes

Army Research Laboratory
Topological Insulators

Anindya Ghoshal

Army Research Laboratory
High-Temperature Propulsion Materials

Sarah Glaven

Naval Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology

C. Stephen Hellberg

Naval Research Laboratory
Electronic Materials

Berend “Berry” Jonker

Naval Research Laboratory
Spintronics

William Mattson

Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Simulation

Igor Medintz

Naval Research Laboratory
DNA Based Nanomaterials

Joseph S. Melinger

Naval Research Laboratory
Light Harvesting and Transfer

Mike Osofsky

Naval Research Laboratory
Electronic Materials

Ronald Polcawich

Army Research Laboratory
Piezoelectric Structures

Marc Raphael

Naval Research Laboratory
Biophysics

Manuel Vindiola

Army Research Laboratory
Neuromorphic Processing

Amir I. Zaghloul

Army Research Laboratory
Meta-Materials