PSU gets research grant

Penn State University received a record $2.1 billion research grant to improve national security.

The U.S. Navy awarded the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State the largest research contract in university history, Penn State officials said Thursday.

Researchers will use the $2.1 billion over 10 years to develop new technology to improve U.S. national security.

“I am proud of the research performed at ARL, and I am looking forward to its continued contributions to our national security,” said Neil Sharkey, Penn State vice president for research.

The Applied Research Laboratory is a developer of guidance and control technologies for undersea systems and vehicles. Researchers have previously developed “smart torpedoes” to protect the naval fleet, a process to make underwater vehicles run faster and smoother and is working to develop better vertical lift technology for aircraft.