Marine Mammals and Biology Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Marine Mammals and Biology (MMB) program supports basic and applied research and technology development related to understanding the effects of sound on marine mammals, including physiological, behavioral, ecological effects and population-level effects. Current program thrusts include, but are not limited to:

  1. Monitoring and detection
  2. Integrated ecosystem research (sensor & tag development)
  3. Effects of sound on marine life (behavioral response studies; diving physiology; physiological stress response; hearing; population consequences of acoustic disturbance)
  4. Models and databases for environmental compliance

Important notice: Upon submitting any documents to MMB by email, ONR's Web-based online document submission system or, submittors will receive a confirmation email from the MMB program office. If a confirmation email is NOT received, contact the MMB point of contact to verify receipt.

Proposal Timeframe

  • Pre-proposals Due: April 15, 2015
  • Invitation Full Proposal: June/July 2015
  • Full Proposals Due: end of August 2015 (unless otherwise negotiated)
  • Proposal Review / Selection / Notification: September 2015 – January 2016
  • Proposal Funding Date: October 2015 – March 2016 (first portion of federal fiscal year 2016)

The ONR Marine Mammal and Biology Program hosted a program review Oct. 20-22, 2014. Topics covered included monitoring and detection; integrated ecosystems, sensor and tag eevelopment, effects of sound - hearing, effects of sound - physiology, and models and databases. (Download the program review abstract book.)

ONR sponsored a workshop on Nov. 4-5, 2009, in Arlington, Va., with a report titled "Effects of Stress on Marine Mammals Exposed to Sound." The workshop's purpose was to assemble a cross-section of researchers in the field of stress physiology and behavioral research to identify the state-of-the-art science in stress physiology as it may apply to marine mammals, identify research needs for marine mammal stress-related research, and evaluate available or developing technologies for measuring indicators of stress ultimately in free-ranging marine mammals.

A report titled "Addressing the Effects of Human-Generated Sound on Marine Life: An Integrated Research Plan for U.S. Federal Agencies" was developed in response to an executive agency's request for a focused, coordinated federal science and technology plan from the National Science and Technology Council's Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST).

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Michael Weise

Title: Team Leader

Department: Code 32

Division: Ocean Atmosphere and Space Research



Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

Program Funding

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology BAA N00014-16-R-BA01

N00014-16-R-BA001.pdf (PDF - 463.41 KB)

Amendment 0001 (PDF - 462.24 KB)

Amendment 0002 (PDF - 370.21 KB)

BAA N00014-16-R-BA01 Amendment 0003 (PDF - 369.79 KB)

Published: October 1, 2015 12:15 PM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2016 05:00 PM EST

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