What We Do

SERDP and ESTCP harness the latest science and technology to develop and demonstrate innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions to meet DoD’s environmental and installation energy and water challenges.


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SERDP Projects


ESTCP Projects


Years of Problem Solving


Focus Areas

Research initiatives currently being funded by SERDP and ESTCP. Highlights of our efforts and details on individual projects can be found within each focus area or a listing of all projects is available.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances & Aqueous Film-Forming Foam

SERDP and ESTCP have funded more than 250 projects since 2011 addressing the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment as well as the development of PFAS-free alternatives to legacy aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). Learn More...

Installation Resilience

The Department of Defense defines resilience as the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions. Climate change is recognized as an immediate national security priority and requires improved installation climate resilience. Learn More...

Corrosion & Repair Technologies

The cost of corrosion mitigation and repair to the DoD is estimated at greater than 20B per year. Historically, both mitigation and repair technologies have required hexavalent chromium, and other hazardous or toxic materials. Alternative technologies and materials are required. Learn More...

Installation Restoration

The Installation Restoration Focus Area, in support of DoD’s Defense Environmental Restoration Program, addresses the legacy of past practices while supporting current and emerging testing and training requirements by advancing the knowledge needed to prevent future environmental damage on and around military installations. Learn More...

Munitions Response

SERDP and ESTCP’s Munitions Response focus area develops and demonstrates innovative technologies that can characterize, remediate, and scientifically manage sites affected by military munitions. Learn More...

Sustainable Energetics

Energetic Materials (EM) are used extensively by the DoD. The production of EM utilizes hazardous materials and produces significant quantities of waste material and air or range emissions during testing and training. Sustainable energetics is the cradle-to-grave process of synthesizing, manufacturing, formulating and using EM in an environmentally acceptable manner. Learn More...

Emissions & Waste Reduction

DoD operations produce a variety of emissions and are energy and material intensive. Emissions from DoD operations can be reduced. Learn More...