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

Global Game Focuses on Autonomy

Image - Maritime RobotX Challege, AUVSI International 2013More than 5,000 visitors are expected this week at Marina Bay in Singapore for the first Maritime RobotX Challenge, a new competition sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to build science and engineering skills among high school students.

Students from the United States, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea will compete to see who has turned an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) into the most effective autonomous system, able to accomplish mission-related tasks without the aid of remote control. 

ONR Hits the Road

EuroNaval (Details)
Paris - Le Bourget Exposition Centre, France
Oct. 27-31, 2014

Focus Area Forum: Warfighter Performance (Details)
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va.
Nov. 5, 2014

Interservice /Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, or I/ITSEC (Details)
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 1-5, 2014

Unmanned Boats Swarm Adversaries

Image - Unmanned rib boat using CARACaSOfficials at the Office of Naval Research announced Oct. 5 a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile vessels.

The first-of-its-kind technology allows unmanned Navy vessels to overwhelm an adversary using sensors and software to enable swarming capability. Details | Video

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