DoD seeks qualified researchers and technical experts to participate in critical R&D mission activities

Did you know that STEM education opportunities at the U.S. Department of Defense are offered for postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and university faculty to conduct hands-on research that supports the agency’s mission to protect and maintain the national security interests of the United States?

Senior researchers with a background in biology, chemistry, engineering, information science, health and human performance, materials science, physics, cybersecurity, or other related field are encouraged to pursue a DoD research experience that mutually supports the Department’s mission as well as the participant’s professional development.  

Below are links to websites created specifically to provide information about these ORISE DoD programs both for prospective applicants as well as for current research participants and the laboratory staff who mentor them.

U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) conducts biomedical research to improve and sustain warfighter health and performance and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research.

U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, known as AMSAA, is an Army Materiel Command organization that conducts a variety of critical analyses to provide state-of-the-art analytical solutions to senior level Army and Department of Defense officials.

Air Force Research Laboratory Participation Program
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. They trace their roots to the vision of airpower pioneers who understood science as key to air supremacy. The passionate commitment of AFRL people to realize this vision has helped create the world's best air, space and cyberspace force.

U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology Research Participation Program
The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.

U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) Research Participation Program
As an Army applied research center under the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, CERDEC provides the diverse technical expertise and operational awareness and understanding to develop, engineer and foresee essential Army needs in mission command and intelligence technologies, applications and networks designed to connect and protect the Soldier.

U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command - Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command - Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) performs medical reconnaissance and special operations to address critical gaps that are underrepresented in DoD medical research programs. TATRC is focused at both ends of the research spectrum, exploring models of high risk and innovative research, and putting research findings into the hands of warfighters while looking toward wider civilian utility.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is the nation's leading science and technology laboratory in the area of medical chemical countermeasures research and development. With sophisticated laboratories located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USAMRICD manages a diversified portfolio of medical chemical warfare agent research projects for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease Research Participation Program
Since its inception in 1969, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats. Our specialized capabilities include Biosafety Level 3 and Level 4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully accredited animal research facilities.

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Research Participation Program
The Walter Reed Army Insitiute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and U.S. Army requirements and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the warfighter.

U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) aims to provide medical research in the military operations environment to sustain the warfighter’s performance by delivering medical research, developing, testing, and evaluating solutions to air and ground Warriors. USAARL conducts medical research to develop and provide the biomedical basis for countermeasures that prevent and mitigate Warrior injury.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Participation Program
With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working diligently to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease Research Research Participation Program
Since its inception in 1969, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats. Our specialized capabilities include Biosafety Level 3 and Level 4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully accredited animal research facilities.

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Participation Program
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) undergraduate student internship program provides opportunities for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large.

U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research Research Participation Program
Scientists at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) are dedicated to improving risk assessment methods and developing biomonitoring technologies for military environmental health hazards. USACEHR's vision is to effectively develop medical products to ensure force health protection. Their mission is to provide diagnostic and prognostic tools for environmental and occupational health surveillance.

Army Public Health Center Research Participation Program
The mission of United States Army Public Health Center (USAPHC) is to promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of soldiers and military retirees, their families, and Army civilian employees; and assures effective execution of full spectrum veterinary service for Army and DoD veterinary missions. Their vision is to be a world-class provider of public health services across the Army and DoD.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Visiting Scientist Program
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Visiting Scientists work with NGA Geospatial R&D Scientists who apply the scientific method in one or more disciplines (e.g., photogrammetry, geodesy, computer science, mathematics, image science, human terrain analysis) to advance geospatial science and enhance agency tradecraft through systematic experimentation and exploration.

Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio Research Participation Program
The mission of the Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) is to conduct medical, dental, and directed energy biomedical research. Research conducted by NAMRU-SA focuses on enhancing the health, safety, performance, and operational readiness of Naval and Marine Corps personnel. NAMRU-SA research aims to address emergent medical and dental complications that have arose in routine and operational procedures.