Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (Groton, CT)

Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory

Program Dates: TBD

This lab accepts U.S. citizens age 16 and older.


The United States Submarine service has a long and proud tradition of developing and operating with leading edge technologies.  The Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) is a major contributor to integrating these technologies into submarine crew operations.  NSMRL is DoD’s Center for Undersea Biomedical Research.  The laboratory’s mission is to protect the health and enhance the performance of warfighters through submarine, diving and surface biomedical research solutions.  Established in World War II to conduct mission critical studies in night vision, sonar sound discrimination, and personnel selection, NSMRL continues to serve the fleet by taking the lead in undersea human factors, sensory sciences and operational medicine. 

Located on Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT, NSMRL researchers have access to three submarine squadrons in Submarine Group Two; the Navy Submarine School; the Naval Submarine Support Facility; Naval Undersea Medical Institute; and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, which builds the nation’s submarines. The laboratory is staffed by a diverse group of psychologists, audiologists, physicians, physiologists, and electrical, biomedical and nuclear engineers.   Several colleges and universities are located in the same area, including the US Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, and the University of Connecticut.

NSMRL’s accomplishments continue to be many and varied, and include scientifically based recommendations for submarine rescue procedures, submarine atmosphere limits, waivers for clinical medical conditions, advanced sonar system capabilities, diver/sonar safe distances, and symbology for visual displays. 


Submarine Medicine and Survival Systems Department

Warfighter Performance Department