The Office of Naval Research (ONR) coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
(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

Railgun Displayed Aboard Naval Vessel

Image - One of two Electromagnetic Railgun prototypes, as displayed aboard USNS MillinocketAt left, one of two electromagnetic railgun prototypes shows its awesome size on deck aboard joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego on July 8. The prototypes were displayed during the Electromagnetic Launch Symposium, which brought together representatives from the U.S. and allied navies, industry and academia to discuss directed energy technologies.

Navy officials plan to demonstrate a prototype system, being developed at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016. (U.S. Navy photo)

ONR Hits the Road

Navy Week Omaha (Details)
Various locations, Omaha, Neb.
July 14-20, 2014

20th Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention (Details)
The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Md.
July 24, 2014 

Military Health Systems Research Symposium (Details)
Harbor Beach Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Aug. 18-21, 2014

ONR, Partners Focus on Data & Decisions

Image - Focus Area ForumAt left, program officer Wayne Perras speaks to attendees at ONR's June 25 Focus Area Forum, which saw more than 150 experts gather to explore ways the Navy and Marine Corps can take advantage of "big data" to make better tactical decisions. [Watch video highlights of the event on ONR's YouTube page.]

Designed to bring together experts from goverment, military, industry and academia for in-depth discussions on topics relevant to Nayv and Marine Corps science and technology needs, the forums will continue in November with the theme of warfighter performance.

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