Seventy-one SERDP and ESTCP FY 2014 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the following FY 2014 solicitations: SERDP Core, SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED), ESTCP Environmental Technologies, and ESTCP Installation Energy.

Topics being addressed by these projects include remediation of chlorinated solvent- and perfluoroalkyl-contaminated groundwater; managing contaminated sediments; munitions response in land and underwater environments; range sustainment; climate change impacts to built infrastructure in Alaska; recovery of ecological processes impacted by non-native invasive spaces in the Pacific Islands; threatened, endangered, and at-risk species management; green manufacturing and maintenance; green energetics; military aircraft engine noise; islanding of photovoltaic assets; energy visualization and optimization; energy storage; advanced building energy management; and secure energy management.

The tables below list the FY 2014 new start projects for SERDP (Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms) and ESTCP (Energy and Water, Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms). As project overviews become available, links from the project numbers are provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas.  

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-14-01: Improved Remediation Operation Through Fine Scale Delineation of Contaminated Subsurface Environments


High Resolution Delineation of Contaminant Concentrations, Biogeochemical Processes, and Microbial Communities in Saturated Subsurface Environments

Dr. William Jackson

Texas Tech University


A High Resolution Passive Flux Meter Approach Based on Colorimetric Responses

Dr. Michael Annable

University of Florida


Investigating the Sensitivity of Emerging Geophysical Technologies to Immobile Porosity and Isolated DNAPL and Dissolved/Sorbed VOC Mass in Fractured Media

Dr. Lee Slater

Rutgers University

ERSON-14-02: In Situ Remediation of Perfluoroalkyl Contaminated Groundwater


Bioaugmentation with Vaults: Novel In Situ Remediation Strategy for Transformation of Perfluoroalkyl Compounds

Dr. Shaily Mahendra

University of California, Los Angeles


In Situ Treatment Train for Remediation of Perfluoroalkyl Contaminated Groundwater: In Situ Chemical Oxidation of Sorbed Contaminants (ISCO-SC)

Dr. Michelle Crimi

Clarkson University


Investigating Electrocatalytic and Catalytic Approaches for in situ Treatment of Perfluoroalkyl Contaminants in Groundwater

Dr. Charles Schaefer

CDM Smith


Development of a Novel Approach for In Situ Remediation of PFC Contaminated Groundwater Systems

Dr. Matt Simcik

University of Minnesota


Quantification of In Situ Chemical Reductive Defluorination (ISCRD) of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Ground Water Impacted by AFFFs

Dr. Linda Lee

Purdue University

ERSON-14-03: Improved Understanding of the Impact of Ongoing, Low Level Contaminant Influx to Aquatic Sediment Site Restoration


Understanding the Relationships Among Low Level Metal Influx, Remediated Sediments, and Biological Receptors

Dr. Anna Knox

Savannah River National Laboratory


Assessment and Management of Stormwater Impacts on Sediment Recontamination

Dr. Danny Reible

University of Texas


Combining Mass Balance Modeling with Passive Sampling at Contaminated Sediment Sites to Evaluate Continuing Inputs and Food Web Responses to Remedial Actions

Dr. Philip Gschwend

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Quantitative Thermodynamic Exposure Assessment (Q-TEA) Supporting Resilient Contaminated Sediment Site Restoration

Dr. Todd Bridges

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Munitions Response

MRSON-14-01: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions


Finite Element Modeling of Scattering from Underwater Proud and Buried Military Munitions

Dr. Ahmad Abawi

Heat, Light, and Sound Research, Inc.


Empirical Investigation of the Factors Influencing Marine Applications of EMI

Dr. Thomas Bell



Large-Scale Laboratory Experiments of Incipient Motion, Transport, and Fate of Underwater Munitions under Waves, Currents, and Combined Flows

Dr. Marcelo Garcia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


A Wide Area Risk Assessment Framework for Underwater Military Munitions Response

Dr. K. Todd Holland

Naval Research Laboratory


Determining Detection and Classification Potential of Munitions using Advanced EMI Sensors in the Underwater Environment

Dr. Stephen Billings

Black Tusk Geophysics, Inc.


Multipass and Non-Concentric Target CSAS

Dr. Jermaine Kennedy


MRSEED-14-01: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater

MR-2413 – canceled

Automatic Biomimetic Sonar Identification of Underwater Munitions

Dr. Whitlow Au

Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology


Supervised Classification of Underwater Optical Imagery for Improved Detection and Characterization Of Underwater Military Munitions

Dr. Arthur Gleason

University of Miami


UXO Detector for Underwater Surveys Using Low-Frequency Sonar

Dr. Robbert van Vossen



Multichannel Detection and Acoustic Color-Based Classification of Underwater UXO in Sonar

Dr. Mahmood Azimi-Sadjadi

Colorado State University


Environmentally Adaptive UXO Detection and Classification Systems

Dr. Nicholas Klausner

Information Systems Technologies, Inc.

Resource Conservation and Climate Change

RCSON-14-01: Recovery of Ecological Processes Impacted by Non-Native Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands


The Impact of Non-Native Predators on Pollinators and Native Plant Reproduction in a Hawaiian Dryland Ecosystem

Dr. Christina Liang

USDA Forest Service


Recovery of Native Plant Communities and Ecological Processes Following Removal of Non-native, Invasive Ungulates from Pacific Island Forests

Dr. Creighton Litton

University of Hawai'i at Manoa


Seed Dispersal Networks and Novel Ecosystem Functioning in Hawai'i

Dr. Jeffrey Foster

Northern Arizona University


Restoring Function to a Novel Ecosystem in the Presence of One of the World's Most Destructive Invasive Species

Dr. Haldre Rogers

Rice University

RCSON-14-02: Climate Change Impacts to Built Infrastructure in Alaska


Effect of Arctic Amplification on Design Snow Loads in Alaska

Ms. Kathleen Jones

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Improving Design Methodologies and Assessment Tools for Building on Permafrost in a Warming Climate

Mr. Kevin Bjella

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Developing Smart Infrastructure for a Changing Arctic Environment using Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing Methods

Dr. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-14-01: Environmentally Sustainable Gas Generators and Mono/Bi-Propellants


Environmentally Sustainable Liquid Gas Generator Formulations

Nora Dimas

Aerojet Rocketdyne


Development of Low-Toxicity Liquid Propellant System for Orbital/Sub-Orbital Applications

Mr. Joseph Clubb

Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division

WPSON-14-02: Development of Replacements for Polyimide Composite Materials Containing Methylene Dianiline (MDA)


Novel Chemistries for Replacement of Methylene Dianiline in Polyimide Composites

Dr. John La Scala

Army Research Laboratory


Non-Toxic Multifunctional Silsesquioxane Diamine Monomer for Use in Aerospace Polyimides

Dr. Gregory Yandek

Air Force Research Laboratory


Environmentally Friendly PMR-15 Replacement with Superior Performance

Dr. Jason Lincoln

Performance Polymer Solutions, Inc.

WPSON-14-03: Full Scale Military Tactical Aircraft Engine Noise Source/Mechanism Identification


Military Tactical Aircraft Engine Noise Matching to Infrared Signatures

Dr. Philip Cunio

Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles

WPSEED-14-01: Environmentally Sustainable Binder Systems for Energetic Materials


Isocyanate-free Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Binders Inspired by Nature

Dr. Andrew Guenthner

Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate


The Development of Novel Environmentally Sustainable Binders for Energetic Formulations

Dr. Matthew T. Burk

Nalas Engineering Services, Inc.


Synthesis and Evaluation of Tetrazole-Based Binder Systems in Pyrotechnics

Dr. Jesse Sabatini



Environmentally Sustainable Cast-Cure Binder Systems

Dr. Joseph Lenhart

U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Diels Alder Cures: Isocyanate Replacement and Polymer Remediation

Dr. Hung Hoang

NAVAIR China Lake

Energy and Water


Market Aware High Performance Buildings Participating in Fast Load Response Utility Programs with a Single Open Standard Methodology

Mr. James Boch

IPKeys Technologies, LLC


Visualization of Energy Monitoring, Benchmarking, Modeling, and Project Generation through Integration of the Comprehensive Army Master Planning System (CAMPS) Dashboard with the Net Zero Planner (NZP)

Dr. Rumanda Young

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Southwest Division

EW-201404 - Cancelled

Cost-Effective Islanding of Grid-Tied PV Using Advanced Energy Storage

Ms. Shauna McCartney

Lockheed Martin Corporation


Continuous Industrial Control System (ICS) Security Situational Awareness Tool (CISSAT) 

Mr. Bill Hildenbrand

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.


Building Performance Optimization while Empowering Occupants toward Environmentally Sustainable Behavior through Continuous Monitoring and Diagnostics 

Ms. Vivian Loftness

Carnegie Mellon University


Demonstration of a Building Automation System Embedded Performance Degradation Detector Using Virtual Water/Air Flow Meters 

Dr. Li Song

University of Oklahoma


Demonstration of Energy Savings in Commercial Buildings for Tiered Trim and Respond Method in Resetting Static Pressure for VAV Systems 

Dr. Xiaohui Zhou

Iowa State University


Rapid Deployment of Optimal Control for Building HVAC Systems using Innovative Software Tools and a Hybrid Heuristic/Model-Based Control Approach

Mr. Allan Daly

BrightBox Technologies, Inc.


Software-Defined Wireless Decentralized Building Management System 

Mr. Anthony Colonnese

Ameresco, Inc.


Solving Low Delta T Syndrome in Hydronic Systems

Mr. Michael Cummings

Belimo Aircontrols, Inc.

Environmental Restoration


Validation of Biotechnology for Quantifying the Abundance and Activity of Vinyl-Chloride Oxidizers in Contaminated Groundwater

Dr. Timothy Mattes

The University of Iowa


A Practical Approach for Modeling Matrix Diffusion Effects in REMChlor

Dr. Ronald Falta

Clemson University


Performance Assessment of Past Bioremediation Approaches for Chlorinated Solvent Source Zones

Dr. Paul Hatzinger

APTIM Federal Services


Long-Term Performance Assessment at a Highly Characterized and Instrumented DNAPL Source Area Following Bioaugmentation

Dr. Charles Schaefer

CB&I Federal Services


Performance of Two Technologies to Control Difficult-to-Treat Matrix Diffusion Zones: Post-Bioremediation Sustained Treatment and MNA in Low Permeability Units

Mr. Travis McGuire

GSI Environmental, Inc.


A Rigorous Demonstration of Environmental Fracturing in Low Permeability Media

Dr. Kent Sorenson

CDM Smith


Integrated Passive Sampler-Food Web Modeling Framework for Monitoring Remedy Effectiveness

Dr. Philip Gschwend

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Demonstration of New Tools for Improved Source and Recontamination Potential Assessment

Dr. Bart Chadwick

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific


Validation of Passive Sampling Devices for Monitoring of Munitions Constituents in Underwater Environments

Mr. Gunther Rosen

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific


Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment

Dr. Patrick Evans

CDM Smith


Field Demonstration and Validation of the Training Range Environmental Evaluation and Characterization System (TREECS) and Environmental Fate Simulator (EFS) for the Risk Assessment of Contaminants on DoD Ranges

Dr. Billy Johnson

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Phytoremediation of Explosives from Contaminated Soil by Transgenic Grass

Dr. Neil Bruce

University of York

Munitions Response


Live Site Demonstration of Advanced Geolocation Technology to Support Dynamic Classification of EMI Data Collect in GPS-Challenged Areas

Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska

The Ohio State University


Demonstration and Validation of the Seismic-Acoustic Impact Monitoring and Assessment (SAIMA) System for Automatic Location of Low-Order Ordnance Detonation Impacts

Mr. Ray Conner

Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc.


Data Collection using the MetalMapper in Dynamic Data Acquisition and Cued Modes

Ms. Sandra Takata

Shaw Environmental, Inc.


Practical UXO Classification: Enhanced Data Processing Strategies for Technology Transition

Mr. Kevin Kingdon

Black Tusk Geophysics, Inc.


Demonstration of Crawler-Towed Sensor Technologies in Challenging Nearshore Sites

Dr. Gregory Schultz

White River Technologies, Inc.


Live Site Classification Demonstration

Mr. Raul Fonda

Tetra Tech EC, Inc.


Munitions Classification Library Update and Expansion

Mr. Craig Murray

Parsons, Inc.

Resource Conservation and Climate Change 


Improving Safety and Economics Using Switchgrass on Military Airfields

Dr. Travis DeVault

USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center


Pulverized Paper as a Soil Carbon Source for Degraded Training Lands

Dr. Ryan Busby

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


Multifaceted High-throughput DNA Barcoding for Addressing Critical Data Gaps for At-Risk Bats on DoD Installations

Dr. Richard Lance

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Environmental Laboratory


Autonomous Real-Time Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Baleen Whales for Mitigating Interactions with Naval Activities

Dr. Cara Hotchkin

NAVFAC Atlantic

Weapons Systems and Platforms


Cadmium-Free Alternatives for Brush Plating Repair Operations

Mr. Randall Straw

Air Force Materiel Command


105mm M67 Propelling Charge Improvement Program: Eliminate Lead Contamination by Propellant Replacement with PAP7993-Modified Green Propellant

Mr. Paul Henderson

U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center


Qualification, Demonstration, & Validation of Non-Hazardous Solvent to Clean Composite Aircraft Components

Dr. Raymond Meilunas

Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division