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The Basic and Applied Sciences Department funds a wide range of basic, unclassified research aimed at reducing the threat from weapons of mass destruction. We support the best researchers, national and international, in industry, academia, non-profit, and government communities. For the topics of interest to us, and what awards we have given in the past, see our individual Thrust Areas.
For an explanation of the difference between our basic and fundamental research opportunities see the Glossary below.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): The Basic and Applied Sciences Department’s BAAs are solicitations for basic and/or fundamental research to address DTRA’s mission requirements. BAAs are typically open to universities, industry, and non-profit research institutions. However, the official BAA announcements should be reviewed in their entirety as eligibility, application, and submission criteria vary from one solicitation to the next.
Our current BAAs:
Calls for Proposals (Calls): The Basic and Applied Sciences Department’s Calls are also directed at addressing the basic and/or fundamental research needs of DTRA to meet mission requirements, but Calls are only open to certain government entities. The official Call announcements should be reviewed in their entirety as eligibility, application, and submission criteria vary from one solicitation to the next.
Our current Calls for Proposals:
Basic Research: "Basic research is the systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications toward processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted, high payoff research that provides the basis for technological programs." (DoDI 3210.1, September 16, 2005)
"The boundary between basic research and applied research occurs at the point when sufficient knowledge exists to support a hypothesis involving a specific application." (DoD Financial Management Regulation Volume 2B, Chapter 5)
Fundamental Research: "Fundamental research means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reasons.
Contracted Fundamental Research includes research performed under grants, contracts (awards), or Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) that are (a) funded by budget Category 6.1 (Basic Research), whether performed by universities or industry or (b) funded by budget Category 6.2 (Applied Research) performed on-campus at a university. Fundamental research provides for science and technology (S&T) research and early applied development. It seeks to lower performance risk to a manageable level and facilitate transition and funding to capability end-state programs."