DoD Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI)  Program

Scientists Selected to Participate in DoD Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative Program

DoD Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI) program supports a broad range of scientific topic areas

September 25, 2018: Ten scientists working across Department of Defense (DoD) Laboratories were recently selected to participate in the Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI) program. These innovative researchers will receive $600,000 over a three-year period to explore their proposed basic research ideas.

The LUCI program supports a broad range of scientific topic areas including: applied mathematics, cognitive neuroscience, engineering biology, novel engineered materials, quantum information science, manufacturing science, and other areas of interest. LUCI also adds value to the defense enterprise by funding high risk basic research projects and providing adequate time to DoD researchers to cultivate their ideas for potential long-term research. This investment results in new knowledge and insight that can be used to fill capability gaps, generate patents, bring in human capital to the defense research enterprise, and build stronger relationships with academic researchers.

The scientists for the Fiscal Year 2018 LUCI class are the following:

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Nathaniel Bridges 
Topic Area: Cognitive neuroscience
Service Laboratory: Air Force Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Katherine Brodie
Topic Area: Oceanography/remote sensing
Service Laboratory: Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Matthew Dickerson
Topic Area: Additive manufacturing and self-assembly
Service Laboratory: Air Force Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Alexander Efros and John Lyons
Topic Area: Nanophotonics/2D materials
Service Laboratory: Naval Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Elizabeth Goldschmidt
Topic Area: Quantum sensing
Service Laboratory: Army Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Michael Goodson
Topic Area: Synthetic biology
Service Laboratory: Air Force Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Mark Griep
Topic Area: Nanoplasmonics
Service Laboratory: Army Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Michelle Johannes
Topic Area: Topological materials
Service Laboratory: Naval Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Keith Knipling
Topic Area: High temperature structural materials
Service Laboratory: Naval Research Laboratory

FY18 LUCI Fellow: Matthew Marge and Gordon Briggs
Topic Area: Human machine interaction
Service Laboratory: Army Research Laboratory and Naval Research Laboratory

For additional information about these outstanding researchers and the LUCI program, please visit the following websites:

The DoD Press Release
The DoD Basic Research Office
The DoD LUCI Program