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Transformational & Applied Research Directorate


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.

Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Attn: DNDO

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