Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi

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What is ARL at UH?

The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi serves as a research center of excellence for critical Navy and national defense science, technology and engineering with a focus in naval missions and related areas. As a designated Navy-sponsored research laboratory administered by the University of Hawaiʻi System, ARL at UH conducts research for the Navy, the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

Generally speaking, the Navy-sponsored laboratory represents a sole-source mechanism that the Navy and other government agencies can use to fund research within the core competencies identified in the contract in agreement with ARL researchers at the University. As such, our ARL researchers will not have to write specific proposals for funding. Instead, they will respond to research requests from the Navy or any other Department of Defense sponsor, which are called "task orders." ARL researchers will have the choice to respond to any/all task orders at their discretion. In addition, this designation doesn't preclude ARL researchers from pursuing other existing funding mechanisms (e.g., NIH, NSF, NOAA, private foundations, etc.).

Other Navy-sponsored research laboratories include:


ARL Core Capabilities

The following core capabilities of the University of Hawai'i have been identified by the Navy as essential to its needs and essential to the support of numerous specific programs managed by different technical sponsor organizations under the University of Hawai'i Applied Research Laboratory:


ARL Contract


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