FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2012
By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Office of Naval Research is promoting the latest energy-efficient technologies and meeting potential partners at the energy-focused 2012 Navy Opportunity Forum, June 4-6 in Arlington.
"Opportunities to become part of our important science and technology efforts absolutely exist, even in this fiscal environment," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. "We’re looking to small businesses for proven technology or innovative ideas with ‘legs’ to help accelerate new capabilities to Sailors and Marines."
Klunder will be the keynote luncheon speaker June 4, discussing the Navy’s investment in small businesses, particularly Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which help get new technologies to warfighters.
This year’s event features an Energy Showcase that includes 27 technologies funded by the Department of Energy, as well as more than 30 projects funded by the Department of the Navy that focus on "green" technologies.
The forum also includes presentations by small businesses outlining the capabilities and products they offer; tradeshow exhibits; keynote speakers and plenary sessions; and pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings between government organizations and industry presenters.
The Navy Opportunity Forum allows government leaders and major prime contractors to examine technologies created by small advanced technology firms and meet with company representatives. According to event organizers, this year’s forum will offer a preview of more than 250 technologies funded by the Navy’s SBIR and STTR programs; the Navy’s Office of Research and Technology Applications; and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, representing a combined investment of more than $250 million.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,065 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.