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

70 Years of Game-Changing S&T

Office of Naval Research - 70 Years of Leading Science and Technology InnovationONR is kicking off a series of events throughout 2016 to celebrate 70 years of developing cutting-edge research and technology for U.S. naval forces. Since its establishment on August 1, 1946 under Public Law 588, ONR has played a leading role in many of the world's most important scientific discoveries—from the earliest computer systems and software, to the exploration of the ocean's depths, to new materials and sensors that have been integrated into everything from household items to warships.

ONR Hits the Road

WEST 2016 (Details)
San Diego, California
Feb. 17-19, 2016

2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting (Details)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb. 21-26, 2016

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (Details)
National Harbor, Maryland
Feb. 29 - Mar. 2, 2016

Innovative Research in Synthetic Biology

VoigtAn exciting new scientific frontier—synthetic biology—took center stage as part of a Distinguished Lecture Series celebrating ONR's 70th anniversary. Dr. Christopher Voigt, an MIT professor of biological engineering, inaugurated the series with a look at the revolutionary potential of synthetic biology—a field of science that holds great promise for improving healthcare, warfighter performance and military capabilities.

ONR Networks Around the Globe

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