External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Program Area: Weapon Systems and Platforms
Objective of Proposed Work:
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop, identify, assess, determine applicability, and test innovative, advanced protective topcoat compositions within military organic coating stack-ups. The effort’s purpose is as follows:
- Improve substrate protective operational and technical properties,
- Require fewer resources,
- Retain or improve lifecycle characteristics, environmental sustainability, and economic viability, and
- Reduce current and future regulatory risk.
Proposals should specifically address how their solution improves coating lifecycle and weapon system compliance to applicable environmental (40 CFR, Parts I and VII) and worker Occupational Health and Safety (29 CFR, Chapter XVII) regulations when compared with current and legacy systems. Numerous US (Federal and State) and International proposed and formal regulations (e.g., EU’s persistent organic pollutants (POP) and REACH) are increasingly restricting future availability of higher risk chemistries. Regulatory drivers increase and complicate current/legacy composition technical, supply and operational risks going forward. Target compound examples include, but are not limited to, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and isocyanates.