Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) -- Nominations Requested

Funding Agency:
Institute for Defense Analyses

The Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) is a program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues. The program, begun in 1986, is directed by the non-profit Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Technological advantage is fundamental to our nation’s security. To achieve this advantage, amidst rapid change in technology opportunities and defense needs, it is crucial that strong links are developed between the national security community and emerging leaders in the fields of science and technology.

The DSSG seeks to convey to its members an understanding of these issues and an appreciation for the people involved in defending our nation. The program also solicits new insights from members and helps facilitate their continuing involvement with the complex technical challenges of safeguarding the United States.

IDA solicits nominations from senior leaders within major universities and from DSSG mentors, advisors, alumni, and current members. Because participation in the DSSG requires acquisition of a security clearance, all members must be U.S. citizens. Selection is based on academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution. Members of the DSSG Class of 2014-2015 were selected from more than 150 extremely well qualified scientists and engineers.


  • Duke Internal: December 4, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: December 31, 2018

Agency Website

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

Sarah Lisanby
Warren S. Warren
Jennifer L. West


Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A letter of support from dean/chair
  • CV

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:

Internal Deadline

December 4, 2018

External Deadline

December 31, 2018