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

Robotics Competition Tests Students' Skill

Image - RoboBoat CompetitionObstacle avoidance. Automated docking. Speed gates. Acoustic beacon positioning. Underwater light identification. These are just some of the missions teams had to successfully complete in July to win at the 7th International RoboBoat Competition held in Virginia Beach, Va. 

The competition — sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation — is an annual autonomous robotics challenge where teams race their student-designed and custom-built autonomous surface vehicles through buoy-marked navigation channels for a series of challenges.

ONR Hits the Road

Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event (Details)
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
Aug. 11-13, 2014

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 

Railgun Displayed Aboard Naval Vessel

Image - One of two Electromagnetic Railgun prototypes, as displayed aboard USNS MillinocketAt left, one of two electromagnetic railgun prototypes shows its awesome size on deck aboard joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego on July 8. The prototypes were displayed during the Electromagnetic Launch Symposium, which brought together representatives from the U.S. and allied navies, industry and academia to discuss directed energy technologies.

Navy officials plan to demonstrate a prototype system, being developed at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016. (U.S. Navy photo)

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