Research Facilities

The Research Facilities program manages six Navy-owned oceanographic research vessels; the historic deep-submersible vehicle Alvin; and the Floating Instrument Platform, or FLIP. These research assets are charter-leased to U.S. academic research institutions to operate and maintain in support of Navy and U.S. ocean research objectives.

As part of the management of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) fleet, the program actively supports fleet modernization to maintain the level of excellence required to support cutting-edge oceanographic research. Other oceanographic platforms, such as unmanned underwater vehicles and unmanned air vehicles, are used to collect field data through the Naval Research Facilities program.

The program also provides oceanographic field research support for ONR-sponsored 6.1 and 6.2 research in collaboration with other federal agencies and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).

Mid-life Refit of the AGOR 23 Class Oceanographic Research Vessels

ONR has embarked on the major overhaul and service life extension of three vessels of the AGOR 23 Class. R/V Thomas G. Thompson, R/V Roger Revelle and R/V Atlantis will separately undergo a multi-million dollar refit and modernization between 2016 and 2021. The expected outcome of the overhaul will be a more efficient and environmentally compliant propulsion system, will overcome system and component obsolescence, update mission equipment and potentially extend the service life of the vessel up to 15 additional years.

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Program Contact Information

Name: Mr. Robert Sparrock

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 321

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How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-20-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

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