Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA)
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is proud to announce the award of two Collaborative Research Alliances (CRA) as part of the Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials (EMRM). The EMRM is comprised of an In-house Initiative (I3M) and two CRAs — Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) awarded to a consortium led Johns Hopkins University and Multiscale Multidisciplinary Modeling of Electronic Materials (MSME) awarded to an Alliance led by University of Utah. ARL envisions these two alliances bringing together expertise from government, academia and industry to address some of the fundamental scientific and technological underpinnings of our military defense systems.
The collaborations, among the CRAs, the in-house initiative, and broader internal mission programs comprise a balanced program of computational science, theory and experiments aimed at understanding - and ultimately controlling - the finite scale effects from material defects, surfaces and interfaces. Whether a technology can suit the needs of the Warfighter - by lightening the load, extracting selected information from the electromagnetic environment, or enabling greater lethality, survivability or sustainability - may ultimately be decided by material constraints due to physical mechanisms at nanometer scales. Accurate understanding, influence, and eventual control over those mechanisms, in the broad contexts of synthesis, manufacturing, engineering, and operation of the system to which the materials belong, are the key outcomes sought over the long term. The common research objective is to establish transferrable multiscale capabilities in the form of new underpinning theory, modeling capabilities, and experimental methods and facilities. This will provide a sustainable and flexible research tool-base that cuts across the many classes of materials found in critical defense materiel systems while addressing the precise material challenges that persist through all of the stages of technology development — from basic research to technology deployment.
ARL has a history of successful collaborations, bringing together the strongest research talent from government, academia and industry to develop creative and novel capabilities for the Army. Each CRA possesses unique strengths, and its developments will be transitioned into and aligned with the relevant needs and directions of the ARL Enterprise. This ARL Enterprise has the unique focus to deliver enabling capabilities that integrate the state-of-the-art techniques, knowledge, and experience. Through the collaborations among the vast participants, the enterprise is expected to move the ARL forward, along with its major laboratory programs, in directions toward a vision of robust multiscale control over Army materials.