The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) program not too long ago introduced awards to 21 SMART PhD students as half of its aggressive SMART Scholar SEED Grant program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program awards analysis grants value as much as $100,000 per 12 months for a most of three years to promising SMART students as they transition from the pursuit of their PhDs to grow to be energetic Department of Defense (DoD) professionals. The grants assist students set up foundational analysis/engineering initiatives of their areas of experience.

A extremely aggressive scholarship-for-service program, SMART is one of the most important science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic (STEM)-focused training and workforce initiatives beneath DoD STEM, the Department’s complete Okay–20 STEM training and expertise improvement effort. SMART is empowered to make full-tuition awards throughout any part of a scholar’s training in a regionally accredited U.S. college or faculty. The program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral research in 21 tutorial disciplines important to nationwide safety and DoD’s future. Upon commencement, college students transfer straight into employment at DoD amenities. Awards might be made throughout any part of a scholar’s training and differ in size from a minimal of one to a most of 5 years. The service dedication is one 12 months of DoD employment for every tutorial 12 months of SMART funding. Since its inception in 2006, this system has awarded over 3,700 scholarships. 

The SMART Scholar SEED Grant program goals to develop a cadre of future DoD material consultants who will conduct high-impact analysis at SMART sponsoring amenities. It offers alternatives for students who’ve pursued PhDs by the SMART program to deepen their experience in focused, strategically vital STEM areas, permitting them to steer their very own analysis efforts whereas receiving priceless mentoring inside their sponsoring amenities. 

The SMART Scholar SEED Grant program’s FY 2022 proposals have been reviewed by a panel of science and know-how consultants from throughout the DoD Components, who evaluated them based on scientific and technical benefit, relevance to the DoD mission, developmental potential, and justification of price range. The funding alternative announcement obtained 39 eligible proposals, with 21 grant awardees named from throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force, and different DoD Components. The FY 2022 “garden” of SEED grant awardees joins 20 investigators chosen in FY 2021, the inaugural 12 months of the SEED Grant program.

The mentoring of SEED Grant awardees by established members of the DOD science and know-how workforce is a key element of the SEED Grant initiative. This 12 months, for example SMART’s dedication to mentoring, SEED candidates have been capable of request a further $25,000 to assist mentoring actions. Not solely does this help the mentor of their technical assist of the SEED investigator, nevertheless it additionally encourages mentor-mentee actions like collectively attending conferences or program evaluations that assist the SEED investigator develop their community and enhance their understanding of the DoD science and know-how enterprise.

“I am impressed with the caliber of proposals that the program received, and I am especially proud of our outstanding awardees,” mentioned Ms. Heidi Shyu the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “The 21 awards this year really highlight the type of mission-driven work DoD employees perform. They showcase the unique research that helps the DoD accomplish its overall mission to defend the Nation and promote the safety and success of its military personnel.”

To be taught extra concerning the SMART Scholarship-for-Service program and the collaborating DoD sponsoring amenities, go to www.smartscholarship.org. Information on the SMART Scholar SEED Grant program might be discovered at https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart?id=seed_grant

Interested in changing into a SMART scholar? The software interval for the 2022 SMART scholar cohort started August 1, 2021, and ends December 1, 2021. More data might be discovered on the web site.

























Name Component SMART Sponsoring Facility
Braden Li Air Force Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Miriam Dennis Air Force Air Force Research Lab – Munitions Directorate
Sukrith Dev Air Force Air Force Research Lab – Munitions Directorate
Alanna Sharp Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armament Center
Joseph Palomba Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armament Center
Jose Wippold Army Army Research Lab
Joshua Humberston Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Coastal & Hydraulics Lab
Brian Harris Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Coastal & Hydraulics Lab
David Azari Army Army Research Analysis Center – White Sands
Regina Guazzo Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Jeff Ellen Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Anu Venkatesh Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Shibin Parameswaran Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Kurt Talke Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Samuel Mellon Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
Matthew Zaber Navy Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific
John Ellis Navy Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division – China Lake
Jean Paul Santos Navy Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division – Pt. Mugu
Samantha Koutsares Navy Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane
Ethan Evans Navy Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City
Natasha Krell Other DoD National Geospatial Intelligence Agency



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