RDT&E Program Seeks Ideas for Possible Research Projects

Written by Loretta Haring

The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program has

The Coast Guard Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation was established Nov. 1, 1968, to discover new concepts and develop technological improvements necessary to meet present and future mission requirements. 50 years later, the RDT&E Program’s mission remains the same, achieved in part through its annual project portfolio. The program is currently seeking ideas for its fiscal year 2020 RDT&E portfolio; the deadline to submit ideas is Sept. 12, 2018.

Project ideas should address an operational challenge, enable decision-making or offer a way to improve mission effectiveness. All Coast Guard active duty personnel, civilians, and auxiliarists are encouraged to submit ideas through CG_Ideas@Work, the Coast Guard’s crowdsourcing platform. Submit ideas directly via the form here. Submitters may upload a video no longer than one minute long to support the idea submission.

All submitted ideas are reviewed according to their potential impact on Coast Guard missions, then ranked by stakeholders from across the service during the annual Idea Submission Review (ISR), to be held Oct. 17-18, 2018, at Coast Guard Headquarters.

“The Idea Submission Review provides a tremendous opportunity to work directly with our sponsors, stakeholders and field personnel to identify the service’s most pressing gaps and challenges, to ensure our research and development efforts are addressing the highest priority needs of our operators and decision-makers,” said Wendy Chaves, program chief of the Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (CG-926). “Many of the projects the RDT&E Program has embarked on originated from Coast Guard members who have identified improvements that could potentially increase efficiency, reduce risk, or enable decision making.”

The RDT&E Program relies on the Coast Guard workforce to make sure its research is relevant. “The open approach of the ISR, in which anyone in the Coast Guard can directly submit an idea for consideration to become a project, is important. It gives members in the field an opportunity to have their operational and support gaps, and their improvement ideas, considered by Coast Guard leadership,” said Karin Messenger, RDT&E domain lead for Environment and Waterways.

It is necessary to have a CG_Ideas@Work account to submit ideas; register using your .mil email address. Anyone unable to access the idea submission form can submit an idea via email to innovation@uscg.mil. Be sure to include the title, problem statement, operational impact and contact information.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Project Portfolio can be found here.

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