Advanced and Applied Research

ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” (SDSI) has an off-campus component called ASU Research Enterprise (ASURE) consisting of a professional staff of non-tenure-track researchers whose mission is to conduct higher-TRL applied research and advanced technology development efforts.

Technology Readiness Levels


The staff in ASURE combine technical subject matter depth with strong defense-relevant operational cognizance, allowing them to work at advanced technology readiness levels (TRLs) in the security and defense domain beyond what most universities can engage in. While our advanced and applied research capabilities span across a broad range of fields, these are primarily concentrated on the following 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:

  1. Resilient cyber systems
  2. Advanced RF, sensors, and signal processing
  3. Human performance augmentation and training
  4. Autonomous systems and processes
  5. Flexible electronics and systems
  6. Advanced materials and material processing
  7. Biosecurity

The organizational structure that SDSI is based on 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, these teams in ASURE have direct reachback to the basic research subject matter experts in our on-campus component, which adds to the strength of our higher-TRL applied research and advanced technology development programs.