Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

Sep 14 2017
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD’s innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.


  • Ivy Estabrooke, Executive Director, USTAR


  • Tracy Frost, Director of Manufacturing Technology, Department of Defense, Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy
  • Tom Gillespie, Partner for Investments, In-Q-Tel
  • Morgan Plummer, Senior Advisor, MD5 – the National Security Technology Accelerator