The Naval Academy policy is to promote and maintain an environment in which research and scholarly activities contribute to the professional growth of faculty and the educational growth of midshipmen. In the recent past, faculty and midshipman research have been funded by a variety of sponsoring agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Carderock and Indian Head), the Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River, as well as by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
Midshipmen engage in learning the basic tenets of research in many of their programs including independent research courses, honors courses, design projects, or the Trident Scholar Research Program. In each of these endeavors, midshipmen are exposed to the technical needs of the Navy and they gain experience, via their investigations, in an analytic approach to problem-solving.
The Naval Academy Office of Academic Research is part of the Faculty Enhancement Center, which includes the Center for Teaching and Learning. The Research Office is staffed by a Director of Research and Scholarship and a Deputy Director of Research and Scholarship.