From the outside, the DoD science and technology funding infrastructure can appear complex and obscure. Without guidance it is difficult to answer some basic questions such as: Who decides which research topics are important to the DoD? What process determines how DoD research funds are allocated? How can I access this information? And most importantly, how can I maximize the likelihood of obtaining funding for my research? Formulated from experience both as a contract researcher and as a government program manager, this talk will cover some of the information, ideas, disciplines, and techniques that can help demystify DoD research funding.
Dr. Dev Palmer is a Program Manager at the US ARL Army Research Office in Research Triangle Park, NC. He is responsible for extramural basic research in electromagnetics, microwaves, and power. From 1991 to 2001, he served on the technical staff at the MCNC Research and Development Institute, ultimately as Director of Electronic and Optical Packaging. He is engaged in antenna research as a Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Duke University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and occasionally teaches introductory electromagnetics. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke in 1991, holds an Amateur Extra class radio operators license, is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of AOC, ASA, MRS, Sigma Xi, and USNC-URSI, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.