Basic Research Challenge

The ONR Basic Research Challenge (BRC) program was established to competitively select and fund promising research programs in new areas not addressed by the current basic research portfolio. The program stimulates new, high-risk basic research projects that have naval relevance with the hope of attracting new investigators to the Office of Naval Research. The BRC program funds topics that foster leading-edge science with the ability to sponsor academic, non-profit, and industrial researchers. BRC awards are for a period of four years with a $6M budget for each topic area and can be comprised of both grants and contracts. Topic ideas are submitted by ONR Program Officers and are selected for the BRC solicitation by ONR's Director of Research. The BRC topics are issued under an ONR Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) which is officially published at BAAs are also listed at the following link:

Submission Date

The FY18 Basic Research Challenge solicitation is BAA N00014-17-S-BA13 which is posted at with the following key dates:

  • White papers are due no later than August 18, 2017 (Friday) 11:59 PM EDT
  • Evaluation of white papers and notification to submit full proposals will be completed by September 22, 2017 (Friday)
  • Full proposals will be accepted until November 17, 2017 (Friday) 11:59 PM EST

Please see the BAA for all official due dates. This website is for informational purposes only. The published FY18 BRC BAA at is final authority for any and all discrepancies as well as eligibility.

FY18 BRC Topics

Any parties interested in submitting a white paper should contact the appropriate BRC Topic Chief(s) as listed in the BAA for any technical questions and contact the Grants Management Specialist for business related questions.

  • Topic 1: Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations
  • Topic 2: Levitated Optomechanics
  • Topic 3: Exploring Compositional Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys
  • Topic 4: Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems

ONR Program Manager

Reginald G. Williams, Ph.D.
Point of contact: Paula Barden

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