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DTRA -- DRAFT-Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance (IIRM-URA)
*** THIS IS A DRAFT SOLICITATION. APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. A FINAL VERSION OF THIS SOLICITATION WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER DATE. ***
Recent advancements in materials science make studies on how ionizing radiation interacts with new materials a ripe area for investment of DTRA basic research funds. Improved understanding will advance the state of the art for radiation detectors, survivability of Department of Defense (DoD) systems, and military functionality following a nuclear event. Some of the overall goals of the science would be to enable: radiation sensing from multiple platforms; cost effective hardening and hardness testing of DoD systems; and safe and efficient military operations in a nuclear environment.
According to the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, “the United States will sustain its specialized capabilities to search for, interdict, characterize, and disable nuclear devices.” In order to fulfill this mission capability, research into novel radiation sensor materials can provide improved efficiency and energy resolution while also offering superior robustness over current materials and methods. Understanding the phenomenologies governing novel materials may lead to new strategies for radiation-sensing materials and alternative sensing methodologies.
The DoD must be prepared to survive and respond to a nuclear event on foreign soil, domestic soil, or in space. A nuclear explosion poses a variety of threats from the thermal blast, overpressure, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), prompt ionizing radiation, and nuclear fallout. The DoD’s equipment, systems, and personnel must be able to survive and operate in a nuclear environment.
This BAA is in effect from the final posting date through September 2019. Phase I preproposal submissions are due 60 days following the publishing date of the final BAA.
Areas of Interest
The Research Areas (RAs) for the IIRM-URA are as follows: • Materials • Devices and Integration • Survivability and Response