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 Celebrates 69 Years

Image - SAFFiR, Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting RobotThe Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, left, successfully demonstrated remarkable advances in  robotic capabilities aboard a Navy ship last fall. The program, intended to aid Sailors and Marines in putting out fires on ships, is just one of the advanced technologies ONR has supported over the last 69 years. 

Since 1946, ONR has created the technologies used to give the future force the decisive edge. A small sample of the technologies that have been made possible through ONR support includes lasers, sonars, UAVs, satellite navigation and more. Our basic research continues to result in cutting edge, revolutionary new capabilities, including graphene nanoelectronics and more.

Chief of Naval Research Rear. Adm. Mat Winter discussed ONR's legacy of innovation and leadership in a Navy Live blog post.




ONR Hits the Road

Military Health Systems Research Symposium (Details)
Harbor Beach Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Aug. 17-20, 2015

Navy Gold Coast Small Business Opportunity Conference (Details)
San Diego Convention Center, California
Aug. 25-26, 2015

Focus Area Forum: Amphibious High-Water Speed (Details)
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia
Aug. 27, 2015

Predicting Pirate Attacks


At left, a Navy reinforced hull inflatable boat approaches a suspected pirate vessel. The Office of Naval Research has developed a new technology designed to help predict pirate attacks. This new system received one of 364 patents issued to the U.S. Navy in the latest annual ranking of patent portfolios.

 The Office of Naval Research manages the Navy's intellectual property investments, setting policy and conducting oversight of patents as well as trademarks, copyrights, inventions and royalty payments.



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