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(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.

USN, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global, Science and Technology

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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The Future Force and RoboBoats

An autonomous surface vehicles from Georgia Institute of Technology, navigates an obstacle course during the 9th annual AUVSI Foundation and Office of Naval Research-sponsored International RoboBoat competition held in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The future of naval engineering was on display last week, as 13 teams of high school and college students did battle at the ninth annual RoboBoat Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The competition—sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation—is a robotics contest where teams program their student-built autonomous surface vehicles to navigate through a series of water-based challenges.

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