ONR celebrates 70 years of innovation in 2016. For seven decades, ONR has been leading the discovery, development and delivery of technology innovations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Learn more
(30) Develops and transitions technologies to enable the Navy-Marine Corps team to win and survive on the battlefield, today and tomorrow.
(31) Supports the development of advanced electronics, communications, surveillance and navigational tools that provide the Navy with a battlefield advantage.
(32) Equips the Navy with technologies designed to observe, model and predict air, ocean and shore environments, and detect underwater threats.
(33) Develops and delivers technologies that enable superior warfighting and energy capabilities for naval forces, platforms and undersea weaponry.
(34) Enhances warfighter effectiveness and efficiency through bioengineered and biorobotic systems, medical technologies, improved manpower, personnel, training and system design.
(35) Supports the Navy’s power project needs, fostering the technology development of naval aircraft, structures, propulsion, autonomy, energetic, directed energy and electric weapons.


ONR’s directorates balance a robust science and technology (S&T) portfolio, allocating funds to meet the warfighter's requirements.

ONR Global

Technology Innovation

NAI Fellow"I cannot emphasize enough how important is the sustained support that ONR provides in a mission-oriented framework. This has been critical for Gallium Nitride (GaN) and it is an absolute fact that without ONR support, GaN development in the U.S. would have been second rate, if that."

Dr. Umesh Mishra
Donald W. Whittier Chair in Electrical Engineering
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
Gallium Nitride pioneer

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Identifying Quick Language Learners

Language Learning

New findings by scientists at the University of Washington demonstrate that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults picked up a second language. The ONR-sponsored study is the first to use patterns of resting-state brain waves to determine subsequent language learning rate.

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