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Maritime Sensing

The Maritime Sensing program conducts multidisciplinary science and technology, research and development of acoustic and non-acoustic sensors and transduction systems as a means to provide next-generation sensing technologies for the Navy’s tactical surveillance and undersea warfare missions.

These systems may be carried as on-board equipment for Navy surface ships, submarines, aircraft, and unmanned vehicles; they may also be deployed from those platforms as mobile, drifting, or fixed ocean surveillance systems operating under autonomous or remote control.

Project scopes may range from component-level research and development to system-level technology demonstrations.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Autonomous sensors with in-sensor signal processing
  • Computationally intelligent sensor systems
  • Automated system employment and command-and-control decision aids
  • System design and system performance assessment tools
  • Deployable sensor components, technology, and concepts of operations
  • Deployable transduction source components, technology, and concepts of operations
  • Energy storage technology, especially high-power/high-energy density technology
  • Environmental adaptation for acoustic sensors
  • Environmental sensors in support of acoustic and non-acoustic systems
  • High-power, high-efficiency, low-cost, low-weight/volume transduction materials or designs
  • High-efficiency, high-performance, non-acoustic sensor technologies, components, and assemblies
  • Innovative sensor and/or communication/telemetry systems
  • Innovative sensor delivery and deployment concepts
  • Acoustic and non-acoustic sensors and sources for tactical and surveillance applications
  • Volume and weight efficient power components

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Persistent undersea acoustic surveillance
  • Transducer technology
  • Sensor system adaptation and control
  • Acoustic and electromagnetic vector sensors
  • Novel optical sensors
  • Object and environmental sensing
  • Non-acoustic mine and undersea warfare
  • Deployable autonomous distributed systems and infrastructure
  • Stand-off sensors
  • Communication technologies and methodologies
  • Dynamic Resource Allocation (Power/Energy, Data/Signal Processing, Telemetry/Communications)

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

Maritime Sensing Planning Letters

The Maritime Sensing program solicits informal planning letters or pre-proposals from prospective investigators as the first step in the proposal process.

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Mr. Mike Wardlaw
Program Officer
Code 321


Dr. Fletcher Blackmon
Program Officer
Code 321