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

Mission Planning Made Fast and Easy

Image - Navy personnel discuss navigation charts aboard USS Stethem (DDG 63).At left, Navy personnel discuss navigation charts. To plan safe and effective missions, Sailors can spend days or even weeks collecting and analyzing maps and charts.

A new Mission Planning Application technology sponsored by ONR uses partial automation, apps and widgets to review thousands of chart markings in a fraction of the time, pinpointing potential hazards and creating optimal routes around rocks, reefs and other shallow spots. Originally designed for submarine missions, it is also being installed on a surface ship, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

ONR Hits the Road

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (Details)
The Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Dec. 15-19, 2014

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' SciTech 2015 (Details)
Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Fla.
Jan. 5-9, 2014

Naval Science & Technology Future Force EXPO (Details)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 4-5, 2015


Nobel Laureate Credits ONR Support

Image - W.E. MoernerDr. W.E. Moerner, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has opened up new new possibilities in microbiology for disease management and drug development.

The Stanford University professor is quick to point out breakthroughs that now can aid in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other diseases were made possible by basic research sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and other federal agencies.

2015 EXPO Central

Image: Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO logo

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