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Aviation technology


Aircraft operations research

Aircraft research

Aviation infrastructure

Flight control and instrumentation technology

Rotor blade technology

UAS technology

Biological and medical sciences


Anatomy and physiology


Biological materials cells and tissues


Human health physics

Medical products and materials research

Medical treatment research techniques and procedures


Physical load on militray personnel

Stress physiology


Truama and Injury Models

Weapons effects research


Chemical science and technology

Chemical agent detection techniques



Explosive Detection and Identification

Forensic science

Industrial chemistry and chemical processing

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Physical chemistry

Polymer chemistry

Power Sources

Earth sciences and environmental studies

Acoustic propagation in air and water

Atmospheric chemistry

Atmospheric physics

Electromagnetic propagation in air and water

Environmental aspects of procurement

Environmental monitoring systems research

Environmental science

Equipment disposal and environment protection technology




Marine research


Soil sensing and characterisation

Terrain science

Electronic warfare systems research

Electronic protection measures research

Electronic support measures research

Non-medical countermeasures research

Engineering technology and design

Advanced manufacturing and manufacturing innovation

Aeronautical engineering

Agricultural engineering

Battery and power source research, development and analysis

Civil engineering

Diving Technology

Efficient Power Generation and Management

Electrical engineering and technology

Electronic engineering and technology

Engineering and technical design

Engineering standards

Environmental engineering

Exploiting water from fuel / air etc.

Human factors engineering

Hydraulic and pneumatic engineering

Industrial and production engineering

Instrumentation and testing

Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering

Integrated systems engineering and technology

Marine engineering and sea-based platforms

Mechanical engineering

Micro fluidics

Modelling UW Threat Systems and Countermeasures

Nanoengineering and nanotechnology

Non-electrical power generation and energy conversion

Safety engineering

Simulation technology

Software engineering

Structural engineering

Structural shock and blast resistance testing

Systems engineering

Test and evaluation capability

UW weapon engineering

UW weapon performance modelling

Weapon engineering

Human behavioural sciences

Human performance research

Human resources research

Human survivability protection and stress effects



Sociology and law

Teams organisations and cultures

Training and education research

Information and communications technology

Battlespace information acquisition and processing

Command and control systems research

Communications systems research

Information superiority research

Messaging and telecommunications technology

Satellite communications research

Materials science and technology

Ablative materials

Adhesives seals and binders technology

Ageing materials

Ceramics refractories and glass technology

Coatings colourants and finishes

Dielectric materials

Elastomers and rubber research

Electronic materials technology

Energetic materials

Fire resistant materials

Functional materials

Health monitoring of materials

High temperature materials

Laminates and composite materials technology

Lubricants and hydraulic fluids research

Magnetic materials

Materials for extreme environments

Materials modelling

Materials repair and maintainability

Materials sustainability

Metals metallurgy and metallography


Non-destructive evaluation of structural materials

Novel manufacturing and joining

Optoelectronic materials technology

Photoelectric materials

Plastics and polymers technology

Polymer Composites

Scarce and critical materials

Signature related materials

Smart materials for research

Solvents cleaners and abrasives research

Structural materials processing

Structural modelling

Textiles technology

Thermoelectric materials

Wood and paper based materials research

Mathematical and computer sciences


Computing hardware and software research

Data and signal processing technology

Finite Element Analysis

High Performance Computing

Information management systems research

Mathematical Modelling methods

Mathematical techniques

Operations research and systems analysis

Optimisation planning and decision support systems

Statistical methods and techniques

Meteorology and climatology

Adapting to Climate Change

Climate research

Defence meteorology research


Marine meteorology

Upper atmosphere and space environment

Military medical research

Care of combat casualties

Medical force protection

Military sciences and defence analysis

Defence research policy and management

Military sciences research

Operational analysis

Navigation and detection systems research

Acoustic detection systems research

Acoustic Signatures Analysis

Electrical and electric field detection

Electrochemical detection systems research

IR Detection Systems Research

Magnetic field detection systems research

Marine Mammal Protection

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

Sonar Systems Research

Target direction range and position finding research

Nuclear and Radiation science and technology


Ordnance and platform protection research

Aerial bombs research

Ammunition and explosives research

Ammunition vulnerability and effects on platform occupants

Armour systems research

Ballistics research

Battle damage reduction techniques

Combat vehicles research

Defensive aids suites research

Directed energy weapons research

Guided munitions research

Gun systems research

Insensitive munitions technology

Land mines research

Mine detection and clearance research

Non-lethal weapons research

Rocket science and technology

Underwater Defensive Aids Suites Research

Underwater ordnance research

UW Mine detection and clearance research

Warheads research

Personnel protection systems research

Body armour

Physical environmental protection systems research



Atmospheric physics

Atomic and molecular physics and spectroscopy

Countermeasures and Obscurants

Electricity and magnetism

Electromagnetic pulses

Electro Optics

EO Detectors

Fluid dynamics techniques research

Fluid mechanics research

Liquid Crystal Devices



Non-linear Optics

Optical propagation



Plasma techniques

Quantum Sensing

Quantum theory and relativity

Radio frequency wave propagation

RF and EO Signature Measurement

Signature control and signature reduction

Solid-state physics

Thermal technologies and thermodynamics

Propulsion engines and powerplants technology

Combustion and ignition

Electric and ion propulsion

Electric propulsion - rotary and linear

Exhaust Diffuser technology

Final drive - air propellers and rotors

Final drive - water propulsors

Final drive - wheels and tracks

Gun and launch tube propulsion

Hybrid drives

Jet and gas turbine research

Marine propulsion systems

Reciprocating and rotary engines

Rocket engines and ramjets technology

Rocket propellants technology

Transmissions and powertrains

Space research and technology

Communications satellites research

Environmental and meteorological satellites research

Military satellites research

Spacecraft trajectories and re-entry

Surveillance and navigation satellites research

Systems Engineering & Integration

Balance of Capability/Investment across weapon systems

Collection & collation of threat information

Cost & Cost-Effectiveness of individual weapon systems

Historical & S2O analysis of incident reporting

Integrated Survivability Analysis of Platforms

Performance analysis of explicit threat systems

Platform System Vulnerability Assessment

Scenario definition of threat systems in future operational environments

Sensor network research

System Design

System Performance Assessment

Systems Concepts

Trend analysis of future threats and advice to scope future requirements

Understanding of weapon system architectures


Weapon System Lethality Performance Assessment - specific weapon classes

Weapon guidance and control systems research

Collateral effects and damage

Fire control and bombing systems research

Guided missile technology

Platform guidance and control systems research

Stores and weapon release or discharge

Surveillance and Target Acquisition Systems

Tracking and display systems research