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

364 Game-changing Technologies

PatentFor a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Navy has earned the top spot among U.S. government agencies in an annual ranking of patent portfolios. The “Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents” report compiles its rankings based on patent data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Office of Naval Research manages the Navy’s intellectual property investment, setting policy and conducting oversight of patents as well as trademarks, copyrights, inventions and royalty payments.


ONR Hits the Road

Military Health Systems Research Symposium (Details)
Harbor Beach Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Aug. 17-20, 2015

Navy Gold Coast Small Business Opportunity Conference (Details)
San Diego Convention Center, California
Aug. 25-26, 2015

Focus Area Forum: Amphibious High-Water Speed (Details)
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia
Aug. 27, 2015

Focused on Autonomous Systems

image - autonomous underwater vehicle competes in 2015 RoboSub competition at SPAWAR's TRANSDEC pool. Photo by SPAWARThe International RoboSub Competition brought together high school and college engineering students from around the globe to compete for bragging rights and cash prizes.

Now in its 18th year, the competition provides participants an ideal environment for navigating their student-built submarines through realistic naval missions.

ONR Networks Around the Globe

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