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

Railgun Heads to Future Force EXPO

Image - RailgunThe Electromagnetic Railgun—a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy—will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C.

In addition to emerging technologies like the railgun, the EXPO will feature an impressive lineup of speakers, including Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Titanic-discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard and Nobel laureatues, among others.

ONR Hits the Road

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

National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention (Details)
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
March 25-29, 2015

Navy League Sea Air Space (Details)
Gaylord Convention Center National Harbor, Maryland 
April 13-15, 2015

New Chief of Naval Research on Board

Image - Change of CommandThe Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun a new era, as Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter—a decorated aviator with advanced degrees in both computer science and national resource strategy—has assumed his role as the Navy's 25th chief of naval research.

Winter officially took the helm of ONR during a change of command held on Dec. 30, 2014. The ceremony was held at the Pentagon and officiated by the Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition).

2015 EXPO Central

Image: Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO logo

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