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Best Practices for Winning Defense Research Contracts

February 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Ludlow will present Best Practices to Win Department of Defense (DoD) Contracts.  The DoD has a large discretionary budget to spend on Research and Development, and university research is a key component of their program.  Not only does the DoD have large research budgets, they can provide equipment, special access to data sets, provide training and post-doctoral programs, and even provide graduate students.  While it is attractive to pursue DoD research, it usually requires a different approach than submitting proposals to NSF or NIH.

This presentation will describe the different research programs and contract mechanisms, explain how the DoD has separate research programs within each of their services (Navy, Army, and Air Force), give actionable steps to significantly increase your chances of winning DoD research grants, and discuss some lesser-known techniques as getting “fallout money,” “plus-ups,” and CRADA (Cooperative Research And Development Agreements).

The goal of this presentation is to help you increase your likelihood of winning defense contracts and to increase the research funding you will receive.

Dr. Ludlow served as an US Air Force scientist for sixteen years and worked at two of Federal Governments national laboratories for Information Technology and Medical/Human Factors.  As a DoD Program Manager, she awarded millions in research contracts to universities and research companies and led numerous DARPA research contracts.  After retiring from the military, she led three research companies, one winning $35M in military R&D contracts in less than a decade, and another company she took public on the NYSE.

Nella Ludlow holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Edinburgh, Scotland and did Post-Doctoral studies at Cambridge University, England. She joined WSU EECS in 2016 teaching courses in Computer Science, Data Analytics, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.



February 28
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


ETRL 101
Engineering Teaching Research Laboratory
Pullman, WA


David Field