Higher-TRL Projects

ASURE conducts higher-TRL applied research and advanced technology development programs that complement ASU’s traditional low-TRL basic research programs, providing an integrated major research capability that can address programs ranging from TRL0 to TRL7+.

As part of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” (SDSI), the professional staff in ASURE consists of non-tenure-track scientists, engineers, and researchers whose mission is to conduct applied research and advanced technology development projects at higher technology readiness levels (TRLs) across a wide range of areas relevant to security and defense.

ASURE’s applied research and advanced technology development programs are made possible by a research staff that has the combined fundamental and applied subject matter expertise, real-world technical focus, defense-relevant operational cognizance, and clearances that are typically needed for these types of projects.  This enables us to work on higher-TRL programs across a wide range of security and defense areas that reach beyond what most universities are able to engage in.  While our advanced and applied research capabilities span across a broad range of fields, they are primarily concentrated in a set of research thrust areas in which ASU has the needed depth of subject matter expertise to be a research performer-of-choice at the
national level.

The role that ASURE plays in the organizational structure of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” allows our advanced and applied research programs to be addressed by inherently transdisciplinary research teams that combine deep subject matter expertise across multiple domains with a direct understanding of defense-relevant operational issues. Moreover, our higher-TRL research teams in ASURE have the ability to reach directly into the deep bench of basic research subject matter experts in our on-campus component, increasing the strength of our applied research and advanced technology development programs.

ASURE is not a simple add-on component to our traditional on-campus component. Genuine intellectual exchange in both directions to the greatest extent possible benefits both the on- and off-campus research efforts. The increased operational awareness provided by the professional staff in ASURE also enhances the real-world relevance of the research experience that ASU can make available to our students and postdoctoral researchers.

Together the combined capabilities in the on-and off-campus components of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” (SDSI) allow us to bring the intellectual capacity of the largest single university in the U.S. to bear on research and development efforts spanning across technology readiness levels from TRL0-7+ and in programs ranging from unrestricted efforts to any needed classification level.

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