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    Naval Information Warfare Centers SMART scholars awarded grants for fiscal year 2022

    Seven employees from Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) enterprise were awarded seed grants to pursue research through the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program for fiscal year 2022.

    Of the 21 SMART Ph.D. scholars awarded across the DoD as part of its SMART Scholar Seed Grant (SEED) Program, five are Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific employees and two are NIWC Atlantic employees, making a third of all awardees from NAVWAR enterprise.

    The SEED program competitively awards research grants up to $100,000 dollars per year for a maximum of three years to help support promising SMART scholars establish a foundational research effort in their area of expertise as they transition from the pursuit of their Ph.D. to their DoD careers.

    The SEED recipients from NIWC Atlantic are Dr. Matthew Zaber and Dr. Samuel Mellon. The recipients from NIWC Pacific are:

    • Dr. Shibin Parameswaran
    • Dr. Regina Guazzo
    • Dr. Jeff Ellen
    • Dr. Anu Venkatesh
    • Dr. Kurt Talke

    The SEED program differs from the foundational SMART scholar program in a few ways: SEED candidates must be SMART scholar Ph.D. graduates, SEED recipients must be inbound to employment at a DoD facility, and the maximum funding timeframe is three years instead of five.

    Scholars received funds mid-October. Projected funding for SEED scholars from the two Centers over the next three years totals nearly $500,000: $300,000 awarded to NIWC Pacific scholars, and $190,000 awarded to NIWC Atlantic scholars with the option to extend an additional year.

    “I am impressed with the caliber of proposals that the program received, and I am especially proud of our outstanding awardees,” said Heidi Shyu, 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 learn more about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service program and the participating DoD sponsoring facilities, visit Information on the SMART Scholar SEED Grant program can be found at

    The application period for the 2022 SMART scholar cohort ends Dec. 1, 2021.

    NIWC Pacific’s mission is to conduct research, development, engineering, and support of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, and space systems across all warfighting domains, and to rapidly prototype, conduct test and evaluation, and provide acquisition, installation, and in-service engineering support.

    NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.



    Date Taken: 11.22.2021
    Date Posted: 11.22.2021 19:09
    Story ID: 409845
    Location: US

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