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DoD Debuts Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Research Grant Now Accepting Proposals

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a new competition for the "Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship" in a recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (N00014-16-R-FO12) on This program is formerly known as the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF), and both program names will be used for this round of competition during the transition phase.

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). The Office of Naval Research (ONR) executes the program for ASD(R&E) and is soliciting proposals. This program seeks outstanding researchers to propose basic research that is potentially transformative in topics areas of interest to the DoD.

“I strongly believe DoD faces some of the most exciting and difficult problems to be found in research and technology,” said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. “Vannevar Bush fellows will lead the way in transforming and defining new fields of science and in helping the Department look to the future.”

This new program name commemorates Dr. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974). He was the Director of Scientific Research and Development during World War II and the author of "Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was also a professor and Dean of Engineering at MIT and later founded a large defense and electronics company. As a devoted teacher, administrator and entrepreneur, Bush made creative and innovative contributions to science, engineering and the nation.

During World War II, Bush mobilized America’s scientific resources to achieve advances in defense technologies that were decisive in winning the war. After the war, he was instrumental in formulating sound policies for the advancement of science, engineering and education.

Bush, in his famous 1945 report, "Science: The Endless Frontier,” wrote that “the pioneer spirit is still vigorous within this nation. Science offers a largely unexplored hinterland for the pioneer who has the tools for his task. The rewards of such exploration both for the nation and the individual are great. Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to a higher standard of living, and to our cultural progress." For more information on how to apply, please visit