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2023 Call for Proposals

Seed Research Program

CRUSER seeks to shape generations of naval officers through education, research, concept generation, and experimentation in maritime applications of robotics and autonomous systems.

The CRUSER Seed Research Program (SRP) is a critical aspect of how CRUSER achieves this objective. The program provides an environment for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate both internally and externally with the common goal of accelerating the development and fielding of unmanned systems across the Department of the Navy (DON). Furthermore, the SRP functions as an incubator, providing initial support for the NPS community to explore new, relevant concepts with the potential to transition to externally supported NPS research program.

Scope

CRUSER research provides an authentic academic experience for NPS students within the many fields that constitute Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) science and technology. CRUSER continues to support a wide diversity of research topics, “from technical to ethical, from concept to experiment”.  CRUSER prioritizes support for seed projects that have a clear transition path for follow-on external support, e.g., research grant support, fleet investment, etc.

CRUSER supports both fundamental research (basic and applied), the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community,  and development, design, production, and product utilization efforts, the results of which ordinarily are restricted or classified or national security reasons.

2023 Call for Proposals

CRUSER is now accepting research proposals for the 2023 Seed Research Program.  The program provides an environment for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate both internally and externally with the common goal of accelerating the development and fielding of unmanned systems across the Department of the Navy (DON).  Furthermore, the program functions as an incubator, providing initial support for the NPS community to explore new, relevant concepts with the potential to transition to externally supported NPS research program.  

Important: Please review the Call for Proposals document (below) before starting your proposals for 2023.  In addition to defining the 2023 CRUSER research emphasis themes, the document clarifies the CRUSER intent with respect to proposals for follow-on funding and the scope of CRUSER seed research.  

Key dates and information:

  • 12 September (1200-1250 PDT): Information Session via ZoomGov at the regularly scheduled CRUSER monthly meeting. Please email cruser@nps.edu for connection details.

  • 2 October 2022: Proposals Due, see Call for Proposals document for submission instructions.

  • 1 November (Anticipated): Announcement of intention to support 

  • 1 January to 31 December, 2023:  Anticipated Period of Performance 

  • Maximum Funding Levels:

    • $300,000 for multidisciplinary efforts relevant to the CRUSER Seed Research Themes (see Call for Proposals document for theme descriptions.)

    • $150,000 otherwise.

CRUSER Seed Research Program 2023 Documents:

  • Call for Proposals (PDF)
  • Terms and Conditions (PDF)
  • Quad Chart Template (PPTX)
  • Simplified Budget Summary Example (XLSX)

 


 

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TechTalks

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CRUSER Funding FY12-20

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Current Funded Research

 

Extending the Endurance of Multi-rotor UAVs with Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT)-based Piezoelectric Composites
Prof. Troy Ansell

COTS Unmanned Systems and Partner Force Innovation 
Prof. Leo Blanken
Cecilia Panella
Michael Stevens

Counter Aerial UxS Munition Delivery System
Prof. Christopher Brophy
Prof. Joshua Codoni

Operational Planning Simulations of HPM-equipped Swarm Engagements
Prof. Abe Clark
Prof. Isaac Kaminer

Interactive Synthetic Environment (ISE) to Evaluate Zero-Carbon UAS Launch Platforms in the Arctic
Prof. Nick Dew
Prof. Imre Balogh

Advancing Clarity: Analysis of UxS Legal Questions
Kristen Fletcher
Eric Hahn
Marina Lesse

UxS Manned/Unmanned Secure Teaming
Prof. Britta Hale
Prof. Douglas Van Bossuyt

BION - Behavior Integration and Optimization for Networked Control Systems (NCS)
Prof. Douglas Horner
Prof. Geoffrey Xie
Prof. Ruriko Yoshida

Aqua-Quad Sensor Integration and Participation in Trident Warrior 2022
Prof. Kevin Jones
Prof. Vladimir Dobrokhodov
Dr. Paul Leary
Prof. Kevin Smith

Persistent Smart Acoustic Profiler (PSAP)
Prof. John Joseph
Yi Chao (Seatrec Inc)
John Ryan (MBARI)

Collaborative Hyper-Enabled Operations in Contested Environments (CHOICE)
Prof. Isaac Kaminer
Aurelio Monarrez

Proof-of-concept: Achieving Free Propulsion for Flexible UUVs Using Vortical Wakes
Prof. Joseph Klamo
Prof. Jarema Didoszak
Prof. Young Kwon

SURFACE: Swarming USVs and Resilient Formations Against Contested Environments
Prof. Sean Kragelund
Prof. Matt Feemster (USNA)
Prof. Violet Mwaffo (USNA)
CDR Paul Frontera (USNA)

Human-Autonomy Teaming: Control of Multi-Domain UxV's
Prof. Mollie McGuire
Aurelio Monarrez

sUAS-based Remote Sensing of Surface Waves and Breaking using an EO/IR Camera System
Prof. David Ortiz-Suslow
Ryan Yamaguchi

Who Makes Johnny 5 Come Alive?  Using Diverse Perspectives to Drive Requirements for Human-Robot Teams
Prof. Robert Semmens
Kristen Fletcher
Prof. Douglas Van Bossuyt
Prof. Britta Hale

 

2021 Funded Research

2021 Funded Research

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Aqua-Quad Novel Sensor Integration and Participation in Trident Warrior 2021
Hybrid USV Attacks for Counter-Swarm Experimentation
2020 Funded Research

2020 Funded Research

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2019 Funded Research 

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Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for small flying UAS localization
2018 Funded Research 

2018 Funded Research 

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Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for robotic autonomous systems applications
2017 Funded Research

2017 Funded Research

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Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for robotic autonomous systems applications
Investigation of unsteady hydrodynamic loads on a UUV during near surface operations
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Prior Funded Research

To see research funded prior to 2017, please see our Annual Reports.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

CRUSER annual reports, available beginning with FY11, include a summary of activities for the year as well as seeded research project summaries. These reports, all processed as NPS Technical Reports, are available through the NPS Dudley Knox Library.

2020 - email CRUSER for link
2019
2018
2017
2016
2011-2016