Robotics Research Collaboration Campus (R2C2)

R2C2 is an innovation center where the best minds from government, academia, and industry work together to create the next breakthrough in robotics and autonomy research.

Accelerating Robotics and Autonomy

Robotics Research Collaboration Campus at Graces Quarters

Who We Are

The Robotics Research Collaboration Campus is a U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) facility where public, private, and academic organizations can work side-by-side to accelerate robotics and autonomous systems research. This ecosystem of robotic research partners are working together to answer tough questions in the land, air, and cyber domains to create the next generation of autonomous systems. These partnerships allow the Army Research Laboratory to apply research from other sectors to benefit the soldier.

The Army’s fundamental research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery and technological innovation, ARL is a component of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) under the Army Futures Command.

Where We’re Located

Centrally located on the I-95 corridor in central Maryland, R2C2 offers the facilities and equipment to support a wide range of autonomous and robotics research and data collection. R2C2 partners have access to unique capabilities, such as high-performance computing, a distributed virtual proving ground, and restricted air space that allows expanded experimentation.

Map of Graces Quarters in Maryland

How to Work With Us

Army Research Laboratory offers numerous collaboration mechanisms to support partnership among government, industry, and academic institutions. R2C2 partners typically enter into a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA), which allows access to facilities and personnel.

ARL has streamlined this process. R2C2 partners should expect a 6- 8-week approval time consisting of the following:

  • Data Gathering
    Virtual introductory meeting to discuss partner’s research interest and activities and determine how R2C2 facilities can support
  • Mission Alignment
    Consultation with ARL researchers to determine how the potential partnership aligns with ARL mission areas and who may be an appropriate internal sponsor
  • Negotiation
    ARL and the potential partner negotiate research questions to pursue any joint deliverables, and determine whether there is a cost associated with the project
  • Agreement
    Based on the scope of the project, ARL will begin developing a formal partnering agreement with the guidance of the Technology Transfer Office. This may be a CRADA or other collaboration mechanisms. As part of this agreement, research findings and intellectual property will be negotiated.
  • Work Begins
    Once the partnering agreement is signed, R2C2 will arrange for the partner to access facilities so work can commence.
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