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

Chief of Naval Research Spotlight

Image - RADM Mat Winter, chief of naval researchAt left, Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, discusses unique modifications to the Scientific Development Squadron (VXS-1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Feb. 20.

"Our mission is to ensure that our Sailors and Marines have that technological advantage on the battlefield so that academia, industry and our Naval Research Enterprise has the technological advantage in our laboratories, in our intellectual capital so that we can continue to discover those new technoloigies and maintain that advantage moving forward." - Rear Adm. Winter

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ONR Hits the Road

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

Latin American Aerospace and Defense and Security International Expo (Details)
Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 14-17, 2015

ONR Hosts Smithsonian Speaker

Image - Dr. Rhea L. Combs, of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and CultureDr. Rhea L. Combs, curator of photography and film at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), talks about the art and influence of Hale Woodruff's murals during a celebration of Black History Month at the Office of Naval Research on Feb. 19.

NMAAHC is the nineteenth Smithsonian Institution museum and is scheduled to open in 2016 in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

How ONR Shapes the Future

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