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

UCLA Professor Earns Math Honors

Image - Stanley Osher, UCLAStanley Osher, a long-time professor of mathematics at the University of California Los Angeles, received the prestigious Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize from the International Congress of Mathematicians on Aug. 6. It is the highest honor in applied mathematics.

Osher was recognized for "influential contributions to several fields in applied mathematics and his far-raning inventions," many of which have led to significant milestones in naval research and applications. (Photo courtesy: Christelle Nahas/UCLA)

ONR Hits the Road

Military Health Systems Research Symposium (Details)
Harbor Beach Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Aug. 18-21, 2014

Pacific Operational Science & Technology Conference (Details)
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu 
Aug. 26-29, 2014 

Modern Day Marine (Details)
Marine Corps Base Quantico Base
Sept. 23-25, 2014 

Crowdsourcing Speeds Disaster Relief

Image - Ford IslandAn aerial photo shows Ford Island, left, part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The island served as the site for a simulated humanitarian assistance/disaster relief demonstration during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise last month.

ONR teamed with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific to show how crowdsourcing technology can be coupled with commercial satellite imagery to help identify and mark critical needs areas in the wake of a disaster. The resulting heat maps could speed response times to critical locations, save lives and limit damage.

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