Proposals and Research Topics:
The Research Topics which remain without assigned teams are listed below.  We are expecting at least one more proposal on a task from this list, and if accepted, this will complete our funding resources for the Fall.  The remaining  unassigned Research Topics for this year will roll into the next Semester or the next academic year.  If additional funds become available, notice will be provided on this page.  For questions, please contact or the Marketplace managers at the bottom of this homepage.
  • 2018 AFSOC 02 Tilt Rotor Ops in Degraded Visual Environment
  • 2018 AFSOC 04 Special Tactics Simulator
  • 2018 NSW 04 Underwater Navigation and Communications
  • 2018 NSW 13 NOD Laser Sensor
  • 2018 NSW-22 AEHF Expeditionary Communications
  • 2018 NSW-24 SDV External Charge Device
  • 2018 SOF 13 Quantum Precision Nav and Timing
  • 2018 SOF 15 Recovered Material Exploitation Tool
  • 2018 MARSOC C2-5 Enhanced Information Storage Capacity
  • 2018 MARSOC HRM 4 Tablet Application for Patient Documentation
  • 2018 MARSOC HRP 4 Enhanced Nutrition and Supplementation


New Capstone “members”

We are receiving numerous email requests from site visitors with general mail accounts (gmail, etc) requesting a Capstone account.  We need to see that the requester has academic, military, or other government (or support contractor) affiliation. Please send any initial inquiries to us from a “.edu”, “mil”, “.gov” or other official email address.   We will also approve Capstone Marketplace participation from U.S. industry on a case by case basis.


“Request Membership” Buttons

We are working to create “groups” for each Research Topic assigned.  These will be accessible by the green “Request Membership” buttons alongside each Topic on the Research Topic pages.   Instructions will be put out in the near future regarding  how the groups” can facilitate student team and customer communications.



About the Capstone Marketplace


The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at Stevens Institute of Technology; the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for System Engineering (ODASD/SE) sponsors SERC’s activities.   SERC is chartered to strengthen academic research in system engineering, addressing problems of interest to DOD.   A component of SERC’s effort is the “Capstone Marketplace”, which connects DOD and other government organizations with undergraduate academic teams, to work on senior year, “capstone” design projects.   The Capstone Marketplace is a resource which provides student design teams research topics, contact with government Subject Matter Experts, and research funding for projects. University capstone teams are expected to operate like small industry teams, performing research and development for government “SME” “customers”.   SERC staff will provide technical, business, and other management references and resources as needed.



SERC’s Capstone Marketplace has a new list of “2018-2019 Research Topics”.  Technical problems, capability gaps, and research interests have been collected from DOD military operators and government research organizations.  Government funds are available for student teams willing to tackle these research topics as capstone design projects.  SERC has selected its Capstone Marketplace Research Topics so that senior students will:

  • Pursue subjects and problems of interest,
  • Experience  limited system engineering techniques
  • Find approaches and solutions of value to their government sponsors.

These sponsors, operational units and government research staff,  will work directly with students.  The web document, “SERC Capstone Marketplace Objectives” lists additional details on SERC’s initiative.

Academic institutions intending to pursue SERC Capstone Marketplace awards are encouraged to submit an initial “Expression of Interest” (EOI) to SERC.  A template is on the Capstone Marketplace website.   After SERC’s receipt of an EOI, SERC may send a Request For Proposal (RFP) to the university.    Proposals should follow formats,  instructions, and schedules provided in the “Project Proposal Instructions” detailed on the website. Proposals will be evaluated and awards announced as rapidly as possible, starting August 2018.   SERC intends to assign its full set of 2018-2019 Research Topics to university teams by late September 2018.  Additional details on SERC’s project award and contracting process are on the website.



Proposals may now be accepted from non-SERC universities, as well as from SERC consortium members.  SERC may now award Capstone Marketplace Contracts to any U.S. educational institution, with ABET accreditation, conducting undergraduate engineering design projects.



  1. SERC can now award Capstone Marketplace Research Topics to any US university with an ABET accredited engineering program. Membership in the SERC Consortium is not required.
  2. SERC will engage with universities in a two-step process, starting with Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the research topics posted on the website.   Requests For Proposals will follow submission of the EOI to universities this summer.  Expect rolling awards through mid September.
      1. SERC Capstone awards will be Firm Fixed Price contracts. Period of performance will generally be two academic semesters, although single semester efforts will also be considered.
      2. Capstone project awards will nominally be up to $5,000. Funds up to $10,000 may be awarded with exceptional justification.  Restrictions on the use of SERC funds are listed on the Capstone Marketplace website.
      3. Selected student teams will be expected to perform similar to a small “business”, conducting R&D activities, managing their technical performance, schedule, and costs. Teams will provide status to government officials as their “customers”, who will assist in evaluating team performance.   SERC’s Capstone Marketplace Objectives, on the website, outlines SERC’s expectations for student team activities.



1.  Questions may be directed to:

2.  The “General Topics and Discussion” area on the website Homepage may also be used for Q&A

Capstone Marketplace Managers:

Michael DeLorme           

Bill Shepherd