The Project Proposal to be submitted in Short Proposal Format (A) to the Director of the Naval Lab as per the Thrust areas of NRB. If lab shows some interest, then only detailed Proposal will be submitted to the Panel Head/ NRB office through their institutions as per the Detailed Proposal Format (B)

(A) Short Proposal Format (restricted to maximum 2 Pages only)

Project Name:
Institution Name:
PI & Co-PI Name:
Technical Brief on the proposed Project
Deliverables & Outcome of the Project (Technology, Prototype, Algorithms, Software etc.)
Thrust area and relevance with Naval Labs (NMRL, NSTL, NPOL & DMRL) / Navy

(B) Detailed Proposal Format

Name of the Principal Investigator/ Project Directors with bio-data.
Project Summary
Project description.
Funds required (Cumulative & annual, including subcontracts).
Budgetary justification
Current & pending support, if any.
Project applications will be assessed and sanctioned twice in a year i.e. 01 May and 01 Nov. Only proposals received three months prior to these dates will be evaluated by the Specialist panel and recommended to the board for approval.
Universities and Colleges: Universities and colleges, acting on behalf of their faculty members.

Non profit, non-academic institutions Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organisations that are directly associated with educational or research activities.


Profit organisations: Research and educational proposals from commercial firms, particularly small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. Proposals from a commercial firm will be funded if it is of interest from Naval point of view; adequate resources are available for the work; or the proposed project is meritorious. NRB is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities and proposals for co-operative projects involving both universities and private sector.


State & Local Govts: State educational institutions or organisations intending to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science and engineering activities.


Unaffiliated persons: Scientists, engineers, or science educators who have no affiliations with any organisations that could act as grantee organisations may receive support for meritorious research if they have the capability and use of facilities needed to perform the work. Unaffiliated proposers should contact the appropriate Panel Chairman before preparing a proposal for submission.

Short Proposal to be submitted to:

(a) Director,
Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL)
Thrikkakara, Kochi-682021

Fax: 2424858, 2423931
Phone No: 0484-2424878,2571111

(b) Director,
Naval Science & Technological Laboratory,
Vigyan Nagar, Visakhapatnam-530027

Fax: 2559464
Phone No: 0891-2558402, 2586100

(c) Director,
Naval Materials Research Laboratory
Shil-Badlapur Road, PO Anand Nagar
Distt Thane
Ambernath (East)-421506

Fax: 2623004
Phone: 0251-2623037, 2623001

Detailed proposal should be addressed to:

(a) Respective Panel Heads, OR
(b) Member Secretary
Naval Research Board
Defence Research & Development Organization
Dte of Naval R&D, 3rd Floor, DRDO Bhawan
Rajaji Marg, New Delhi - 110011

Tele: 011-23007333
Fax: 011-23017492
On project sanction, funds will be released to the Institution/ Individual on yearly basis.

In case an investigator to whom a project has been sanctioned, leaves the institution, the executive authority of the institution is expected to ensure that the investigator submits a detailed report of the work done before he/she is relieved. All equipment /stores purchased should be accounted for and the NRB informed about the resignation / deputation aborad etc. of the investigator of the project / scheme, and the possibility of conclusion under some other investigator. The Member Secretary of the Board may also agree to the continuation of the project by the same investigator at his new institution, if in his opinion, this will be in the best interest of the project provided the executive authority of the new institution also agrees to the continuation of the project. In such a case, the former institution will transfer all the funds and equipment / stores purchased for the scheme, to the new Institution.

The Naval Research Board reserves the right of termination of the grant at any stage, if the grant is not properly utilised or progress is inadequate.
Following conditions apply with regard to the Intellectual Properties generated by the project sanctioned under Grants-in-aid scheme of Naval Research Board:
  1. The ownership of any intellectual properties generated by research performed under the grant, whether or not legally protected, shall vest in the grantee institution. The grantee institution shall promptly report to DRDO its intention to protect legally any such intellectual properties.

  2. DRDO shall be deemed to have an irrevocable and royalty-free license to use such intellectual properties, whether or not legally protected, for such purposes as DRDO may decide, keeping the grantee institution informed.

  3. The grantee institution shall consult DRDO prior to contracting any agreement that envisages the use of such intellectual properties, whether or not legally protected, during or after the closure of the activities conducted through this grant. In any such agreement, the grantee institution shall declare that its ownership over the intellectual properties is encumbered to the extent of Para (2) above.

  4. Neither DRDO nor the Government of India accept any liability for infringement, innocent or otherwise, by the grantee institution, or by the investigators, of the intellectual or other property rights of third parties.

NRB: Thrust Areas of Reasearch
NMRL, Ambernath
  1. Polymer & nano-composites for energy storage devices

  2. Functional polymers & coatings for marine applications

  3. Fuel cell & flow batteries

  4. Non solar PV energy harvesting

  5. High productivity welding technologies (Thermal Stir welding, Hybrid Laser welding) for Naval ship/submarine construction

  6. Wear & corrosion resistant amorphous / nanostructured iron & copper base materials

  7. Multiferroics for transducers of high sensitivity

  8. High Tc lead free piezoelectric materials

  9. Microbially induced corrosion of metals

  10. Anti-fouling coatings

  11. Microbial fuel cells

  12. Energy generation from Waste materials

  13. Additive technologies for manufacturing

  14. Stealth materials for ships/submarines

  15. Acoustic signature management materials

DMRL, Hyderabad
  1. Development of high strength steels for naval and ultrahigh strength steels for other applications

    1. Corrosion and stress corrosion cracking behavior of high strength naval steels and strategies for the protection

    2. Alloy design concepts for steels with yield strengths greater than 1000 MPa and impact energy of 60 Joules at -40oC

    3. Understanding the mechanisms of strengthening and toughening in high strength and ultrahigh strength steels

    4. Thermal/mechanical stability of Austenite in high performance steels
    5. CCT evaluation of advanced steel

  2. Development of advanced magnetic and electroceramic materials in bulk and thin film form

    1. Exploration of rare earth free or rare earth minimized compositions for permanent magnets

    2. Micromagnetic calculations to determine remanence, coercivity and maximum energy product in Sm2Co17 magnets

    3. Multiscale modelling to predict the effect of composition and heat treatment on cell structure in Sm2Co17 magnets

    4. Alloy design for ultrahigh temperature magnets using theoretical concepts

    5. Process modelling of various thin film growth process such as dc and rf magnetron sputtering, e-beam evaporation and pulsed lased deposition for deposition of various magnetic and ferroelectric films

    6. Modelling and simulation of film growth and microsturctural and residual stress evolution in various magnetic and ferroelectric films

    7. Theoretical design of transducers and actuators using magnetostrictive rods

    8. Theoretical design of a refrigeration system using magnetocaloric materials

    9. Modelling and simulation studies from atomic to microscale and address magnetomechanics phenomena and strain measurement in ferromagnetic shape memory alloy (FMSA) thin films and micro-systems, composites and constructs (including foams and single crystals)

    10. Theoretical design of prototype devices such as sensors, actuators, energy harvesters, RF MEMS Switches using magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic films

    11. Reduction in processing temperatures of ferroelectric thin films such as BST, PZT to ≤ 300oC

  3. High performance coating for wear, abrasion, erosion, low friction corrosion and oxidation resistance

    1. Development of high temperature low friction coatings

    2. Development of corrosion and stress corrosion resistant coatings for high strength naval steels

    3. Research on new oxidation and erosion resistant coatings for ultra high temperature materials such as ZrB2/SiC composites, C/SiC composites and Nb based alloys

    4. High performance Gun Barrel Wear and Erosion Resistant coatings for medium and large caliber guns

NPOL, Kochi
  1. Flow induced vibrations

  2. Hydrodynamics of underwater towed bodies

  3. Fluid - Structure - Acoustics interaction

  4. Fatigue life prediction and testing

  5. Sonar domes for ships and submarines

  6. Low frequency transducers (below 1000Hz)

  7. Ocean acoustic models

  8. 3D Ocean Circulation models with nesting and Data assimilation

  9. Remote sensing of oceans (Ocean colour, aerosols etc.)

  10. Tide models

  11. Electronics materials and devices for Underwater Sensors

  12. FEM Analysis of underwater sensor materials and devices

  13. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices

  14. Synthesis and Structural, Electrical and Mechanical Characterization of Lead Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

  15. Development of Piezoelectric Single Crystals

  16. Advanced Rubber Composites and adhesives/primers for underwater Application

  17. Biocide Free Antifouling Coating for Underwater Structures

  18. Vibration Damping Polymer/Nano-composites

  19. Acoustic absorbers/frequency graded absorbers

  20. Piezopolymers/composites

  21. Self-healing composites for marine structural applications

  22. Acoustic lens materials/composites

  23. Modeling of acoustic absorbers & structural vibration and mitigation  to be used underwater

  24. Health monitoring of composites for underwater structures

  25. Functional coatings/foams: moisture barrier, thermally conductive, anti-corona, high emissivity, noise and vibration control, Syntactic foams, etc.

  26. Fatigue analysis of composites

  27. NDT of underwater composites

  28. Reliability of composites for underwater applications

  29. High Frequency Sonars for buried object detection

  30. Underwater Communication Systems

  31. Bottom Bounce & Convergence Zone detection and track

  32. Signal processing algorithms (Aural Classification based reverberation cancellation, Robust Algorithms for tracking and Environment Adaptive Processing)

NSTL, Visakhapatnam
  1. Theoretical / CFD Evaluation of Powering, Maneuvering & Control Characteristics of Ships & Submarines / AUVs

    1. Modeling of Flow Characteristics and Computation of Drag

    2. Computation of Hydrodynamic Coefficients’

    3. Evaluation of dynamics of the body in terms of stability, control and maneuverability

    4. Simulation of Captive ( Rotating Arm / PMM) Maneuvers

    5. Simulation of Free Running Maneuvers

    6. Computational study of extreme ship motions

    7. Validation with Model Test /Full Scale Sea Trials Data

  2. Studies of Strategic Interest ( Theoretical /CFD) :
    1. Diving and Surfacing of Submarines

    2. Study of Water Entry & Exit for Torpedoes and Missiles

    3. Safe Envelop for motion through and exit of a torpedo from a launch (submarine) tube

    4. Dynamics of Super-cavitating and high speed underwater ax symmetric bodies such as Torpedoes and Projectiles

  3. CFD Multi Phase Flow with & without chemical reaction
    1. Free-surface flow for sea keeping study

    2. Cavitation Study ( Including Super Cavitation )

    3. Phase change through Chemical Reaction (Flow through sea water activated high energy battery)

  4. General Studies
    1. Study of Transition Flow

    2. Fluid Structure Interaction of Composite propeller (i.e. for shape adaptive bodies)

  5. Propulsion

    Hydrodynamics and hydro-acoustics studies of propellers for Naval Applications:
    1. Screw Propellers (For Fast Displacement & High Speed Planing Crafts applications -- Wake adapted)

    2. Highly Skewed Propellers for Submarine Applications

    3. Pump jets for Torpedoes & Submarine applications

    4. Water-jets for high speed crafts

    5. Rim-driven propulsors for torpedo applications

    6. Podded / Shrouded Propulsors

    7. Composite Propellers

    8. Contra-Rotating Propellers

    9. Surface Piercing Propellers

    10. Super-cavitating Propellers

  6. Wake Studies / Wake Homing
    1. Geometry of a surface ship wake

    2. Numerical model for propagation of sound through ship's wake

    3. Non-Acoustic i.e. Optical, Thermal, Magnetic etc properties of ship wake with measurements

    4. Wake Characterization : Study of Far Field Turbulent Wake and Internal Waves

    5. Characterization of internal waves generated due to motion of an object in a stratified water medium and its detection by Non-acoustic methods.

  7. Under Water Noise Studies

    1. Flow Noise
      1. Methodology for modeling flow induced and flow noise components

      2. Methodology for modeling hydrodynamic noise due to flow

      3. Methodology for modeling turbulence noise due to flow

      4. Software for prediction of flow noise 

      5. Optimization of nose cone profile of torpedo to minimize flow noise/self noise of sensor array.

    2. Propeller Noise
      1. Propeller Noise estimations for ships & submarines

      2. Methods for Experimental determination of propeller Noise

    3. General
      1. Sonar self noise estimation for ships & torpedoes

      2. Contribution of piping systems to underwater noise.

      3. Role of Nano materials in vibration & Noise control of ships/torpedoes

  8. Active Vibration Control (AVC) for low frequency vibration cancellation of Ship's main engine foundation structure
    1. Methodology for vibration source characterization of typical engine foundation

    2. Methodology for configuring sensors and actuators to reduce low frequency vibration

    3. (c ) Methodology for development of AVC system including electronic control system with software.

  9. Autonomous Sea Vehicles / Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
    1. Development of devices and technologies for effective control of AUV dynamics under variable weight and buoyancy conditions.

    2. Propulsion System for AUV (Development of different types of propulsion systems like vectored thrust Propulsor, Rim driven Propulsor, Flapped wing etc.)

    3. Sensor Fusion Algorithm

    4. Robotic manipulators with compensation systems and vision systems for work class AUV's

    5. Development of algorithm for reconstruction or creation of solid models from acoustic foot prints or images obtained from underwater vision systems (Sonar's etc.).

  10. General Topics
    1. Drag Reduction for High Speed Underwater Bodies

    2. Energy saving devices for better propulsion efficiency

    3. Hull Propeller Interaction Studies for High Speed Marine Vehicles and Advanced Propulsion System

    4. Slow Speed Hydrodynamics of Underwater Bodies (including Station keeping, Hovering etc.)

    5. Evaluation / studies of Structural Design of Cross Deck for Multi Hull Vessels

    6. Dynamic and Static Stability Analysis of Multi Hull Vessels

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