Research Directorate: Basic Research: Program Info:
National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF)

The Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) has established the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowships (NSSEFF) program in 2008. As of 2013, the Program is directed by the Basic Research Office, in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

The NSSEFF program provides extensive, long-term financial support to distinguished university faculty and staff scientists and engineers to conduct unclassified, basic research on topics of interest to DoD. An additional program goal is to foster long-term relationships between the science and engineering faculty program fellows and the DoD S&T enterprise. NSSEFF ensures that our nation has an active, long-term, well informed, and aggressive research and engineering portfolio that attracts creative and energetic scientists, engineers, and their students. The Fellows will be selected based on competitive evaluations of the scientific and technical merit of the applicants' white papers and proposals. It is anticipated that approximately 10 fellowships will be awarded each fiscal year.

Grants will be made to the faculty member's university in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Fellows will be required to be full and active participants in all NSSEFF activities, provide annual reports of research progress and financial management to the Department and brief DoD leadership in person at least once each year on their research progress and results.

NSSEFF Program started in 2008 with 8 single principal investigators; there are currently 29 active Fellows. Most recent Research Summaries from NSSEFF Program Review in 2013 can be found Download the NSSEFF .pdf