We are explorers

As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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About NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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September 19, 2018
An interdisciplinary group of NRL researchers led by Research Biologist Dr. James Delehanty developed the first sensor to use quantum dots to monitor the brain by reading its electrical signals, resulting in a less invasive process than the usual nanowire techniques.
(180711-N-BR505-185) Dr. Matthew Yates, research engineer, NRL Center for Bimolecular and Engineering, gives an educational lecture to educators participating in the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEATs), a Smithsonian Institution professional development program designed for classroom teachers.
August 17, 2018

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory was invited by the Smithsonian Science Education Center to share cutting-edge research with the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers 2018 summer cohort at the National Museum of Natural History, July 11.

August 16, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have entered into an Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) to encourage and strengthen studies in the scientific disciplines.

(U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/James Marshall)
August 8, 2018

WASHINGTON — On June 24, 2018, Michael Walder was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and assigned superintendent of NRL’s Radar Division.

July 25, 2018

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are developing technology for unmanned aerial vehicles that has given them the ability to fly for more than 12 hours by harvesting energy from the atmosphere and the sun.


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