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Call for Proposals

CRUSER provides research funding to select NPS faculty researchers (Principal Investigators (PI)) conducting research on robotics and autonomous systems.  Though CRUSER does not directly fund external research, faculty collaborations with academia, industry, and other government labs is encouraged within the frameworks established by the NPS Research and Sponsored Programs (RSPO) office.  External entities interested in engaging with CRUSER supported research should contact the pertinent NPS researchers directly.  Please visit the NPS RSPO's website for more information (https://my.nps.edu/web/research/working-with-nps).

Annually a call for proposals (CFP) is released seeking research proposals which support the highlighted concepts from the most recent Warfare Innovation Continuum Workshop.  Proposals can be related to any aspect of unmanned systems or robotics.  See below for the current FY CFP.

Contact Dr. Carl Oros for any questions regarding the submission process at cloros@nps.edu.


CRUSER FY20 Call for Proposals

Key Dates:
•    Proposals Due: 14 Aug 2019
•    Selection Announcements:  20 Sep 2019
•    Anticipated Project Period of Performance: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
Proposal Submission Website: https://survey.nps.edu/274295/lang-en 
Project Funding Level: Up to $150,000
Proposal Type: Single-Year Proposals
 
Program Objective: The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) seeks to shape generations of naval officers through education, research, concept generation and experimentation in maritime applications of robotics and autonomous systems.  The CRUSER seed research program is a critical aspect of how we work toward this objective.  The program provides an environment for students, faculty and staff to collaborate both internally and externally with the common goal of accelerating the development and fielding of unmanned systems across the Department of the Navy (DON).

Anticipated Funding Amount:  Funding has not yet been received for FY20; however, the purpose of this call for proposals is to prepare researchers on campus to begin work as soon as possible in the new fiscal year.  We anticipate being able to fund ~20 projects averaging ~$100k -$150k each. 

Research Areas: All CRUSER research projects should clearly support the DON vision for how the Navy and Marine Corps will progress towards a seamlessly integrated manned/unmanned future force as described in the ASN(RDA) Department of the Navy Unmanned Systems (UxS) Goals as well as other strategic planning documents related to naval leadership direction with respect to robotics and autonomous systems. In addition to these broad areas of study, CRUSER encourages projects addressing the innovation thread topic areas developed during the 2018 Warfare Innovation Continuum Workshop (WICW) on the theme of “Cross-Domain Operations.”   These innovation thread focus areas are as follows:

1.    Counter UxS:  This topic area includes concepts to counter attacks by adversary autonomous assets (real and virtual) in multiple domains envisioned in a future contested region.  
2.    Cross-Domain Connectivity:  This topic area includes concepts to establish robust and resilient communication networks between autonomous manned and robotic assets operating across multiple domains simultaneously in a future contested environment assuming degraded or denied communications. 
3.    Human-Autonomy Teaming:  This topic area includes concepts to integrate manned and unmanned assets working as an integrated force in a future battlespace. 
4.    Autonomy for Deception:  This topic area includes concepts employing autonomy to spoof, decoy, or otherwise deceive future adversary forces, human and robotic. 

Classification Level: 
Unclassified research is preferred, but where necessary Classified work will be considered. 

Proposal Submission Process:

1.    Prepare a proposal package consisting of the following required documents:

a) Proposal: The project proposal should address each of the items listed in the CRUSER Proposal Outline.  The document should be no more than seven pages long.  The proposal must be submitted as a PDF document.
 
b) Quad Chart: A summary of the project proposal using the CRUSER Quad Chart Template.  This document must be publicly releasable (Distribution A).  The quad chart must be submitted as a PDF document.  

c) Budget: A current, completed two-year budget form using the Research & Support Activity Budget Template.  The listed Sponsor should be CRUSER.  The budget form should be submitted as an MS-Excel spreadsheet.

2. Submit proposal package at https://survey.nps.edu/274295/lang-en.  The submission process consists of completing some basic information and uploading the proposal package documents. 

 
Review and Selection Board: 
Proposal packages are reviewed by the CRUSER Advisory Board according to the evaluation criteria below.   The CRUSER Advisory Board is co-chaired by the Dean of Research and the CRUSER Director and consists of past CRUSER directors, the Associate Dean of Research and the Warfare Chairs and the senior military representatives from each service at NPS.  Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers co-chaired by the Dean of Research and the CRUSER Director. 

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Research proposals are evaluated based on the following characteristics of the proiposed project:

 

  • Allignment with the NPS mission statement
  • Alignment with the ASN (RD&A) Navy Unmanned Systems Goals 
  • Engagement with NPS students
  • Relevance to unmanned systems including topics such as technical, organization, social, political, ethical and Legal aspects of robotics and autonomous systems
  • Potential to advance the knowledge and/or practice associated with unmanned systems
  • Capacity to attract future reimbursdable support 

In addition, the following project activities are encouraged, but not required:

  • Internal NPS collaboration
  • External collaboration with academic, government and industry partners
  • Relevance to the CRUSER innovation thread focus areas

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be active members of CRUSER and to support the program by participating in the activities that include (but are not limited to): 

 
1.    Attending monthly meetings
2.    Presenting research at a monthly meeting and/or a CRUSER event such as TechCon
3.    Contributing to the CRUSER sponsor updates and annual report
4.    Providing updated labor plans and budget projections

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CRUSER FY19 Call for Proposals

Submission Information (download CFP announcement pdf here)

Selection Date:                                                                                            21 Sep 2018

Funding Start Date:                                                                                     1 Dec 18 

Funding Expiration Date:                                                                            31 Dec 2019

Funding Levels:                                                                                            up to $150,000

Proposal Type:                                                                                             Single-Year Proposals

Research Goal: The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) at the Naval Postgraduate School provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of educational and research endeavors involving robotics and unmanned systems across the Navy and Marine Corps. CRUSER seeks to align efforts, both internal and external to NPS, by facilitating active means of collaboration, providing a portal for information exchange among researchers and educators with collaborative interests, and supporting innovation with operationally relevant research and experimentation.

 

Anticipated Funding Amount:  Funding has not yet been received for FY19; however, the purpose of this call for proposals is to prepare researchers on campus to begin work as soon as possible in the new fiscal year.  We anticipate being able to fund ~20 projects averaging ~$100k -$150k each.

 

  • CRUSER funding, outside of the individual proposal, is available for INCONUS travel support for full-time enrolled MS & PhD students only.  Travel for Professors and Faculty Associate – Researchers will only be supported by the funded project.   Students requiring travel funds will follow the standard CRUSER Student Travel request procedure to be approved for this travel support.  Students who do not have prior approval to travel on CRUSER funding will be charged to the project. 

 

Research Focus Areas: Distributed Maritime Operations: Combined, Joint, and Coalition Warfare at Sea" --originated from the Warfare Innovation Continuum Workshop (WICW) held in Sep 2017. CRUSER encourages proposals in all areas of research that involve unmanned systems, but is particularly interested in research related to the following topic areas:

a) Autonomy in Support of Operations & Logistics: this topic area includes autonomy concepts that provide direct operational & logistical support to warfighters in a battlespace. 
 
b) Man-Machine Teaming: this topic area includes robotics and autonomy concepts to support warfighters throughout their careers. 
 
c) Organizational Change & Adoption: rather than purely autonomy related concepts, this topic area includes recommendations for change at the organizational level to better leverage the capabilities that autonomy may offer in the future. 
 
d) Other robotics and unmanned systems concepts. 

Classification Level: Unclassified (Preferred) but Classified work will be considered.

Required Documents:  

  1. 5-7 page proposal in MS Word (.docx) (Use CRUSER [/documents/105302057/111800655/FY19_CRUSER_ProposalTemplate.docx/e5346767-78dc-43de-a276-d960b1aec078]template & submit on-line.  Do not submit via the Research Office).
  2. Current Year Research Office Budget form (https://my.nps.edu/web/research/proposal-development).  {List CRUSER as the Sponsor.  If selected, Dr. Raymond R. Buettner will sign as Director and route via RSPO.  No sub-JONs will be created}.
  3. Quad Chart  (use  the CRUSER  provided [/documents/105302057/111800655/CRUSER_CFP_Quad_Template-FY19.pptx/2fe53207-0a33-4939-b1d5-45e2ac5cec27]template) and submit as a .pptx file.

Submission Procedures:

Review and Selection Board:  Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers co-chaired by the Dean of Research and the CRUSER Director. 

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Student involvement
  2. Interdisciplinary, interagency, and partnerships with other Naval labs
  3. Partnerships with other sponsors’ funding
  4. Research related to various unmanned systems’ categories:
    1. Technical
    2. Organization and Employment
    3. Social, Cultural, Political, Ethical and Legal
    4. Experimentation
  5. New research area (seed money to attract other contributors)
  6. Research topics related to ANY robotic and unmanned systems area may be proposed, though proposals related to any CRUSER innovation thread are preferred.  (See website and above focus areas)
  7. Alignment with the ASN (RD&A) Navy Unmanned Systems Goals
  8. Researchers are members of the CRUSER Community of Interest
  9. Proposals should aim to make an immediate impact on the community.

Faculty members who receive CRUSERfunds are expected to be members of CRUSER AND fully active in supporting CRUSER'sgoals to include (but not limited to): 

  • Monthly meeting attendance
  • A presentation at a monthly meeting and at the annual CRUSER TechCon
  • A CRUSER News article
  • Participation in CRUSER sponsored events
  • Contributions to the CRUSER Annual Report
  • Providing updated labor plans and budget projections as requested

CRUSER FY18 Call for Proposals (CFP)

CFP Announcement and Submission Information

Due Date: 15 Aug 2017

Submission Procedures: See details below and CFP Announcement

On-Line submission onlyhttps://survey.nps.edu/136241/lang-en

Selection Date:  1 Sep 2017

Funding Start Date: As early as 1 Oct 17

Funding Expiration Date: 30 Sept 2018

Funding Levels: up to  $150,000

Proposal Type: Single-Year Proposals

 

Research GoalThe Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) at the Naval Postgraduate School provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of educational and research endeavors involving robotics and unmanned autonomous systems (AS) across the Navy and Marine Corps. CRUSER seeks to align efforts, both internal and external to NPS, by facilitating active means of collaboration, providing a portal for information exchange among researchers and educators with collaborative interests, and supporting innovation with operationally relevant research and experimentation.

Anticipated Funding Amount:  Funding has not yet been received for FY18; however the purpose of this call for proposals is to prepare researchers on campus to begin work as soon as possible in the new fiscal year.  We anticipate being able to fund ~20 projects averaging ~$100k -$150k each.

  • CRUSER funding, outside of the individual proposal, is available for INCONUS travel support for full-time enrolled MS & PhD students only.  Travel for Professors and Faculty Associate – Researchers will only be supported by the funded project.   Students requiring travel funds will follow the standard CRUSER Student Travel request procedure to be approved for this travel support.  Students who do not have prior approval to travel on CRUSER funding will be charged to the project. 

Research Focus Areas:  “Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power” --originated from the Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop held in Sep 2016. Proposals will be accepted in the following research related topic areas: 

  1. Littoral Mesh Networking and Remote Sensing: These concepts all employ autonomy to create a mesh network of communications and sensing nodes in a contested urban littoral environment.
  2. Innovative Undersea Warfare (USW): These concepts leverage autonomy to clear and secure sea lanes and harbor approaches for landing and resupply in a contested urban littoral environment.
  3. Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Missions: These concepts employ autonomy to leverage or disable all available assets in a contested urban littoral environment.
  4. A2AD Capabilities: Other robotics and unmanned/autonomous concepts of interest that do not fit into the categories above yet leverage unmanned/autonomous systems to create asymmetric advantages in an A2AD environment.
  5. Any research topics related to unmanned/autonomous systems will also be considered.

Classification Level: Unclassified (Preferred) but Classified work will be considered.

Required Documents:  Supplemental information (to include templates)  can be found on the CRUSER website by navigating to  http://my.nps.edu/web/cruser/call-for-proposals and selecting “FY18 Call for Proposals” link.  The required documents are listed below:

  1. 5-7 page proposal.  (Use CRUSER template & submit on-line.  Do not submit via the Research Office).
  2. Current Year Research Office Budget form (https://my.nps.edu/web/research).  {List CRUSER as the Sponsor.  If selected, Dr. Raymond R. Buettner will sign as Director and route via RSPO.  No sub-JONs will be created}.
  3. Quad Chart  (use the CRUSER provided template)

Submission Procedures:

Review and Selection Board:  Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers co-chaired by the Dean of Research and the CRUSER Director. 

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Student involvement
  2. Interdisciplinary, interagency, and partnerships with other Naval labs
  3. Partnerships with other sponsors’ funding
  4. Research related to various unmanned systems’ categories:
    1. Technical
    2. Organization and Employment
    3. Social, Cultural, Political, Ethical and Legal
    4. Experimentation
  5. New research area (seed money to attract other contributors)
  6. Research topics related to ANY robotic and unmanned systems area may be proposed, though proposals related to any CRUSER innovation thread are preferred.  (See website and above focus areas)
  7. Alignment with SECNAV’s DON Unmanned Systems Goals (see CRUSER Charter memo) and the CNO’s Sailing Directions (www.navy.mil/cno/cno_sailing_direction_final-lowres.pdf)
  8. Researchers are members of the CRUSER Community of Interest
  9. Proposals should aim to make an immediate impact on the community ($75k - $150k level of effort appropriate for CRUSER).

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be members of CRUSER AND fully active in supporting CRUSER’s goals to include (but not limited to): 

  • Monthly meeting attendance
  • A Presentation at a monthly meeting and at the annual CRUSER TechCon
  • A CRUSER News article
  • Participation in CRUSER sponsored events
  • Contributions to the CRUSER Annual Report
  • Providing updated labor plans and budget projections as requested

CRUSER FY17 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

There is only one track (Research) for the FY17 CRUSER Call for proposals:

  • Research proposal including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, contribution to CRUSER's annual report, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events.

Required Documents:

** Student travel and support is budgeted separately, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

CRUSER FY16 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

  • Due Date: 3 Aug 2015
  • Submit to: CRUSER Operations Manager Lisa Trawick, cruser@nps.edu

There are two tracks for the FY16 CRUSER Call for proposals:

  • Research proposal including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation
  • Education Proposals

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, contribution to CRUSER's annual report, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events.

Required Documents:

** Student travel and support is budgeted separately, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

Submission Procedures:

Click here for the full FY16 TechCon CRUSER Call for Proposal - Research

Click here for the full FY16 TechCon CRUSER Call for Proposal - Education

CRUSER FY15 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

  • Due Date: 28 Sept 2014
  • Submit to: CRUSER Operations Manager Lisa Trawick, cruser@nps.edu

 

There are two tracks for the FY15 CRUSER Call for proposals:

  • Research proposal including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation
  • Education Proposals

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, contribution to CRUSER's annual report, displays at Robots in the Roses, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events, including presentations to ONR during the ONR CRUSER visit.

Required Documents:

** Student travel and support is budgeted separately, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

Submission Procedures:

Click here for the full FY15 CRUSER Call for Proposal - Research

Click here for the full FY15 CRUSER Call for Proposal - Education

CRUSER FY14 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

  • Due Date: 20 Sept 2013
  • Submit to: CRUSER Operations Manager Lisa Trawick, cruser@nps.edu
 

There are two tracks for the FY15 CRUSER Call for proposals:

  • Research proposal including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation
  • Education Proposals

Faculty members who receive CRUSER funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, contribution to CRUSER's annual report, displays at Robots in the Roses, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events, including presentations to ONR during the ONR CRUSER visit.

Required Documents:

** Student travel and support is budgeted separately, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

Submission Procedures:

Click here for the full FY14 CRUSER Call for Proposal

CRUSER FY13 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

  • Due Date: 10 Aug 2012
  • Submit to: CRUSER Director Jeff Kline & Operations Manager Lisa Trawick at cruser@nps.edu

About $700,000 dollars are anticipated to be available in FY13 for open research proposals, including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation. In addition, student travel and support is also budgeted, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

Faculty members who receive CRUSER Research and Experimentation funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, displays at Robots in the Roses, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events, including presentations to ONR during the ONR CRUSER visit.

Proposed Format: Short (3-6 page) proposals are solicited using the NPS research proposal format. The proposal should use NPS' research proposal signature page, NPS' research Budget Form, and then a document with the following sections. Proposals should be clearly marked as "CRUSER Proposal FY13". Address and send to Director, CRUSER Jeff Kline and Lisa Trawick at cruser@nps.edu.

The following sections are nominally required:

  1. Name of PIs, NPS Address, e-mail address, ID any security holders clearance
  2. Period of Performance, Total Funding required, Student funding required (with names if available)
  3. Description of the Project
  4. Potential FY14 follow on efforts and potential or anticipated external funding
  5. FY13 Budget Details
  6. Self evaluation of proposal criteria above

Click here for the full CRUSER Call for Proposals FY13.

CRUSER FY12 Call for Proposals

Submission Information

  • Due Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Submit to: CRUSER Director Jeff Kline & Operations Manager Lisa Trawick at cruser@nps.edu.

 

About $500,000 dollars are anticipated to be available in FY12 for open research proposals, including participation in the CRUSER field experimentation. In addition, student travel and support is also budgeted, so proposals should include anticipated student travel funding requirements, but not include that amount in the total requested.

Faculty members who receive CRUSER Research and Experimentation funds are expected to be fully active in supporting CRUSER's goals to include: monthly meeting attendance, presentations, CRUSER News articles, displays at Robots in the Roses, and participation at other CRUSER sponsored events, including presentations to ONR during the ONR CRUSER visit.

Proposed Format: Short (3-6 page) proposals are solicited using the NPS research proposal format. The proposal should use NPS' research proposal signature page, NPS' research Budget Form, and then a document with the following sections. Proposals should be clearly marked as "CRUSER Proposal FY13". Address and send to Director, CRUSER Jeff Kline and Lisa Trawick at cruser@nps.edu.

The following sections are nominally required:

  1. Name of PIs, NPS Address, e-mail address, ID any security holders clearance
  2. Period of Performance, Total Funding required, Student funding required (with names if available)
  3. Description of the Project
  4. Potential FY14 follow on efforts and potential or anticipated external funding
  5. FY13 Budget Details
  6. Self evaluation of proposal criteria above

Click here for the full CRUSER Call for Proposals FY12