research that is not focused on NAVSEA’s specific needs, but may provide a catalyst to technological innovation that is relevant. Emphasis would be on tapping into resources normally unavailable to NAVSEA—uncleared researchers that are increasingly the mainstream of the STEM professional workforce.
NAVLAB also would seek to stimulate interest in teaching through including current teachers in research activities as well as students that may become interested in STEM teaching through work study partnerships with local industry to build interest in science/engineering firms as summer job environments. It will also support faculty exchange programs, cooperative education, intern programs, and guest lecturers to include emphasis on the Undergraduate Training Assistance Program (UTAP), Undersea Research Scholar Program, and Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP).
Additionally, basic research activities will be coordinated through NAVLAB to include Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, contract incentives for HBCU participation, leveraging of other partner resources (e.g., contractor resources—labs, simulators, co-ops, mentoring partnerships), scholarships, fellowships/visiting professors, selected equipment and facility access.
Finally, NAVLAB in coordination with the other activities comprising the NAVSEA initiative, will offer incentives including recognition, cash prizes for science fairs, and science and engineering contests such as DARPA’s Grand Challenge Race.
Quality of work initiatives will focus on making NAVSEA one of the top 10 places to work. NAVSEA’s initiative envisions an approach that introduces physical and virtual environments as well as activities and processes as the foundation for success in attracting, recruiting, and retaining a capable workforce. It establishes processes and linkages that generate opportunities for immersion by employees, students, and faculty in NAVSEA Research and Development and applied engineering.