Research priorities identified in the Naval Research and Development Framework align the Office of Naval Research's science and technology investments across six Integrated Research Portfolios (IRPs), listed below.
Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Sea Platforms
Concepts, systems and component technologies that improve the performance and survivability of naval ships/submarines in an increasingly distributed yet interconnected force.
Aviation, Force Projection and Integrated Defense
Sea-based aviation, including platform and weapons research is focused on new or enhanced capabilities to defend against, and/or deter, disable, damage, defeat or destroy adversaries at extended ranges and speeds.
Undersea Battlespace and Maritime Domain Access
Enables maritime domain access for naval forces to operate in contested ocean environments through undersea threat neutralization and maritime battlespace awareness.
People underpin all missions. Advances in autonomy, human-machine teaming, command and control, training and education, human performance optimization, protective equipment, medicine, neurosciences, and bio-engineered systems will ensure their advantage.