The Panels are aligned with the Major Initiatives and are the working groups of NSRP. Each panel elects a chair and vice-chair who lead and coordinate the panel activities. As with the Major Initiative Team Leaders, the Panel Chairs also provide input and recommendations on key elements of the Program. Click through for a list of the current Panel Leadership.


The core focus of the panels is open interaction with the industry at large, as well as with government representatives and members of academia engaged in their respective functional areas. This interaction is accomplished primarily through open meetings held throughout the year. These meetings serve a critical role within the Program by providing a public forum for industry-wide networking, technology transfer and discussion of current Navy and industry areas of interest. Presentations from recent panel meetings are also available.


Panel meeting discussions regularly reveal project opportunities that are not well suited for funding via the Research Announcement solicitation process, yet are important to the shipbuilding industry. The Executive Control Board (ECB) typically sets aside a modest amount of money each year to fund a portfolio of projects that are more panel-specific, smaller in scope and of shorter duration (relative to Research Announcement projects), which are recommended by the Panel Chairs recommend to the ECB. Further details can be found on the Panel Project Solicitations. For panel project information, click through to the Project Portfolio.