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Aviation technology

Aircraft operations research

Mission Essential Competencies (MECS)

Biological and medical sciences

Anatomy and physiology

Foods and nutrition research

Healthcare and well being research

Human health physics


Medical products and materials research

Medical treatment research techniques and procedures


Stress physiology


Veterinary Medicine

Weapons effects research

Chemical science and technology

Forensic science

Earth sciences and environmental studies

Environmental monitoring systems research

Physical and Human Geography

Terrain science for simulation

Electronic warfare systems research

Electronic protection measures research (impact on the human)

Electronic support measures research (impact on the human)

Non-medical countermeasures research (Impact on the human)

Engineering technology and design

Engineering standards for simulation systems

Environmental engineering

Human factors engineering

Integrated systems engineering and technology

Safety engineering

Simulation technology & infrastructure

Software engineering

Test and evaluation capability

Transportation systems research

Human behavioural sciences


Behavioual modelling

Communications studies

Complexity science

Crime Science


Cultural and religious studies

Development studies


Experimental and trials design, management, execution and assessment

Human Perception

Human performance research

Human resources research

Human survivability protection and stress effects

Intelligence analysis

International relations





Political science

Psychology: cognitive, social, organisational, business

Social statistics


Teams organisations and cultures

Training and education research

Information and communications technology

Analytics: speech, visual, text

Battlespace information acquisition and processing

Command and control systems research

Communications systems research

Information superiority research

Materials science and technology

Plastics and polymers technology (for medical purposes)

Smart materials for research (for medical purposes)

Textiles technology

Mathematical and computer sciences

Computing hardware and software research

Cost analysis for human capital

Data and signal processing technology

Information management systems research

Mathematical techniques

Operations research and systems analysis

Optimisation planning and decision support systems

Statistical methods and techniques

Military medical research

Care of combat casualties

Medical force protection

Operational fitness

Military sciences and defence analysis

Business Systems Modelling

Defence research policy and management

Economic analysis of people change programmes

Military sciences research

Operational analysis

Organisational design

Navigation and detection systems research (limited requirements relating to health surveillance)

Acoustic detection systems research

Chemical and biological sensor systems research

Electrical and electric field detection

Electrochemical detection systems research

Magnetic field detection systems research

Microsensor systems research

Motion detection systems research

Navigation and guidance systems research

Non-acoustic underwater detection research

Optical detection systems research

Radar systems research

Radio frequency detection and antenna research

Target direction range and position finding research

Ordnance and platform protection research

Combat vehicles research (for impact on human performance and mitigations)

Non-lethal weapons research (for impact on human performance and mitigations)

Personnel protection systems research

Physical environmental protection systems research (Oxygen, diving, altitude etc)


Quantum theory and relativity

Thermal technologies and thermodynamics

Space research and technology

Ground support systems for space vehicles (human factors components)

Manned spacecraft research

Weapon guidance and control systems research

Platform guidance and control systems research (Human factors components)

Tracking and display systems research (Human factors considerations)