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

ONR Powers Partnerships in Asia-Pacific

Image - windmillsAs President Barack Obama begins a trip to Asia to coordinate with allies and reconfirm America’s strategic pivot to the Pacific, the Office of Naval Research is pushing forward with the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership, or APTEP, an example of strong ties between the United States and its allies in the region.

The APTEP program, centered in Hawaii with partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region, supports the development of alternative energy technologies. A new video covers its three-pronged approach to support cutting-edge energy research; educate students and teachers in energy-related fields; and support businesses trying to bring alternative energy products to the marketplace.

ONR Hits the Road

Navy Week Dallas/Fort Worth (Details)
April 21-27, 2014

USA Science and Engineering Festival (Details)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
April 26-27, 2014

Fleet Week New York (Details)
May 20-27, 2014

Navy Week Pittsburgh (Details)
June 2-8, 2014

2014 Young Investigators Announced

Image - 2014 YIP recipient Dr. Laura L. Colgin, University of Texas at AustinAt left, Dr. Laura L. Colgin works in her lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Colgin is one of 24 recipients of the Office of Naval Research's 2014 Young Investigator Program awards.

University professors from 19 academic institutions will receive a combined total of $12.5 million this year to conduct naval-relevant research in areas from robotics to corrosion prevention. Since 1985, the ONR program has sponsored early-career academic researchers whose pursuits support the Department of Defense and promote their own professional development.

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