Bridging the Gap Between Research & Prototyping

S2MARTS Research is creating a more connected and streamlined Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) ecosystem, uniquely positioned to better establish the relationship between research and prototyping.

Operating under the 2371 authority, the S²MARTS Research consortium can carry out research projects that meet the needs and requirements of the government at any stage, allowing for a natural transition from research to prototype development. Under the already well established S²MARTS program, S²MARTS Research increases the art of possible, growing the program into an even greater asset for the Department of Defense and aiding the Warfighter like never before.  

Why S²MARTS Research?

This unparalleled coalition of services will open the door for academically focused institutions to contribute their technology in support of the mission. By engaging more innovators, mapping projects from start to finish, and combining the same technology capabilities as S²MARTS, projects will naturally transition through each phase, delivering a streamlined path prototype development. 


Join S²MARTS Research

S²MARTS Research was designed to open the door for new innovators who previously would not have been able to support projects in an academic or research focused capacity. Under NSTXL’s open consortium model, current members will enjoy immediate access to these opportunities without additional fees or membership requirements. Innovators who wish to only operate under the S²MARTS Research program will be offered free membership.

About S²MARTS Research

S²MARTS Research is uniquely situated under The Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S²MARTS) 2371b agreement created by The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division. The program was established to effectively bridge the gap between research and prototyping.

S²MARTS Research will assist with identifying research topics, the drafting and editing of project documents, the development of ideas that span from multispectral sensing to strategic missions’ hardware, and more.


Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expand the ability for innovative design, manufacturing, and assessment approaches for trusted, strategic radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) electronics in advanced technology nodes for next-generation strategic systems.


Support secure design of RF and OE IP in all domestic major foundries. RF & OE prototyping across DoD and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Fabrication of novel RF & OE designs in state of the practice (SOTP) and SOTA foundries or critical DoD needs. Enhanced lithography and process capabilities of SOTP for RF & OE R&D for DoD and commercial use to gain a competitive advantage over adversaries.


Public/private co-development of system-on-chip (SoC) that give 1000x performance improvement for DoD and commercial applications, through competition; hardware assurance, emulation and virtual verification and validation (V&V) to enable assured and secure IP; fabrication and packaging at SOTP government and merchant foundries; and design, packaging, testing, and integration of SoCs into a capability.


Develop standards and practices to foster commercial development of secure, trusted and assured parts. Innovative technologies and concepts that support the ability of teams and individual units in the armed forces to execute their assigned missions promptly and competently.


Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expands the ability and improves microelectronics test and verification methodologies in support of verifying the trust and assurance of parts.

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