The majority of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Discovery and Invention program is executed through six science and technology departments. The Discovery and Invention portfolio sponsors research in multiple areas. Key research initiatives include core basic and applied research programs executed by ONR program officers and research performed at naval laboratories.
There are three additional initiatives managed by the director of research:
- University Research Initiative
- Basic Research Challenge
- Young Investigator Program
Research awards are made in response to the broad agency announcements. The grant awards are made and managed by ONR program officers and performed by researchers at organizations, universities, naval laboratories and industry.
Beginning in fiscal year 2011, ONR will begin initiating peer review of ongoing basic research programs across its science and technology departments. ONR Instruction 3966.1 - Establishment and Implementation of a Peer Review Program Within the Office of Naval Research outlines these requirements.