The Transformational & Applied Research Directorate develops break-through technologies that will have a dramatic impact on capabilities to detect nuclear threats through an aggressive and expedited research and development (R&D) program.
- Addresses gaps in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA)
- Improves performance, cost, and operational burden of detectors and systems
- Includes industry, national laboratories and academia
- Coordinates with intra/interagency R&D organizations
- Transistions successful technologies to system development, acquisition, and deployment or commercialization
The Transformational & Applied Research Directorate consists of technical staff focusing in these areas:
Exploratory Research Program (ERP)
- Research driven by identified gaps in the GNDA.
- Investigations to show feasibility through Proof of Concept demonstrations.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Utilize small businesses to meet R&D needs and increase private sector commercialization.
Academic Research Initiative (ARI)
- Partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund academic exploratory and basic research to stimulate many radiation detection sectors.
- TAR funded academic projects will help create the next generation of scientists and engineers needed to advance the field of radiation detection.
Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD)
- Program builds on technology concepts previously demonstrated under the Exploratory Research Program (ERP) or equivalent.
- Develop and characterize technology in a simulated operational environment to generate performance data for cost-benefit decision to transition to commercial system development and acquisition.