The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global), which provides international science and technology (S&T) outreach for the U.S. Department of the Navy and serves as a direct interface between the naval forces and the Naval Research Enterprise, announces the launch of a new Internet web site at http://www.onrglobal.navy.mil. ONR Global combines the expertise of over 40 scientists, technologists, and engineers with a physical presence on five continents to collaborate with the broad global technical community (including government, academia and industry) and the operational Fleet/Force commands.
In 2003, the Office of Naval Research International Field Office and ONR's Naval Fleet Forces Technology Innovation Office were integrated to create ONR Global. In addition to the international liaison offices in the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Latin America, ONR Global has a Washington, D.C., liaison office and twenty-five Science Advisors assigned throughout the naval forces to build stronger ties back to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technical community, the Naval Research Enterprise.
ONR Global serves as a node between two target audiences: the international S&T community and the Naval Research Enterprise. The new web site improves Global’s ability to serve both communities.
In support of the international S&T activities, the web site features a searchable database of newsletters and reports published by ONR Global scientists and supported collaborators, as well as information on collaborative opportunities such as the Science and Technology Engagement Program (STEP), the Conference Support Program (CSP), and the Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology Program (NICOP).
The web site also targets the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), in particular Science Advisor candidates who are civilian scientists, engineers, and technologists selected through a nationwide competition from the naval technical community. Science Advisors assist and advise the operational naval forces in the identification of Fleet/Force needs and S&T programs that have a critical impact on naval warfare. Persons interested in contacting ONR Global regarding projects or innovative ideas will find contact information for the regional offices as well as Science Advisors. Jose Vazquez of ONR Global’s Fleet/Forces Division said "…the web site also features the Science Enterprise Access Portal (SEA Portal), an internal (access required) area where Science Advisors, Science Advisor Program Managers, and other members of the NRE can post reports and share ideas."
The launch of the new web site is just one step in ONR Global’s continuing effort to fulfill its mission as a bridge between operational forces and the S&T and research and development communities worldwide.