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. Our current program thrusts include, but are not limited to:

1. Monitoring & 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 & Databases for Environmental Compliance

Important Notice: If you submit any documents to MMB by email, ONR's Web-based online document submission system or, you will receive a confirmation email from the MMB program office. If you do NOT receive a confirmation email, contact the MMB point of contact to verify receipt.

Proposal Timeframe

  • Pre-proposals Due: April 15, 2014
  • Invitation Full Proposal: Jun/Jul 2014
  • Full Proposals Due: end of Aug 2014 (unless otherwise negotiated)
  • Proposal Review / Selection / Notification: Sep 2014 – Jan 2015
  • Proposal Funding Date: Oct 2014 – Mar 2015 (first portion of federal fiscal year 2015)

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

FY14 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach and Workforce Program 14-002

FOA 14-002 (PDF - 430.77 KB)

Published: January 8, 2014 09:42 AM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until December 31, 2014 03:00 PM EST
White Papers due no later than September 30, 2014 03:00 PM EST

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology 15-001

15-001 (PDF - 1.07 MB)

Published: September 29, 2014 11:22 AM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2015 03:00 PM EST

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