The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is constantly looking for innovative scientific and technological solutions that can address current and future Navy and Marine Corps requirements. We want to do business with people and organizations with ground-breaking ideas, pioneering scientific research, novel technology developments and first-class support services. ONR announces current areas of interest through Broad Agency Announcements, Funding Opportunity Announcements, Special Program Announcements, Requests for Proposal or Quote, Special Notices, Requests for Information and Seaport-e. Read about the differences in these various postings and find links to specific announcements below.
Organizational Conflicts of Interest
To ensure fairness in the consideration of proposals for ONR systems engineering and technical assistance and/or support services, policies have been implemented to protect against organizational conflicts of interest.
Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) and Special Program Announcements
Most of ONR’s solicitations are for research and development and are accomplished through BAAs announcing research interests. BAAs are a streamlined method used to advertise and solicit performers for ONR research areas. A BAA or FOA is used to fill requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. FOAs only result in the award of an assistance instrument and BAAs may result in the award of both acquisition and assistance instruments. Special Program Announcements are often released to focus attention on a specific topic and funding availability.
ONR announcements are posted at www.fbo.gov or www.grants.gov. For convenience, these funding opportunities are also listed on the announcements section of the ONR website.
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Although less frequently used than announcements, the RFP is another solicitation method. RFPs are used in negotiated acquisitions to communicate Government requirements for supplies and services where there is a common statement of work. ONR RFPs are posted at www.fbo.gov. For convenience, RFPs are also listed on the RFP page of the ONR website.
Request for Quote (RFQ)
An RFQ is a solicitation that provides in exacting detail a list or description of all relevant parameters of the requirements. RFQs are best suited to commercial products and services. ONR RFQs are posted at www.fbo.gov. For convenience, RFQs are also listed on the RFQ page of the ONR website.
Request for Information (RFI)
An RFI is used when a government agency does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices are not offers and cannot be accepted by the government to form a binding contract. ONR RFIs are posted at www.fbo.gov. For convenience, RFIs are also listed on the RFI page of the ONR website.
Special Notice (SN)
An SN provides information about Industry Days, other events and other information that, while not captured in one of the other funding announcements, may be relevant to a given opportunity. ONR SNs are posted at www.fbo.gov. For convenience, SNs are also listed on the SN page of the ONR website.
ONR uses SeaPort-e to acquire support services. SeaPort-e is the Navy's electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas including engineering, financial management and program management. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized, efficient means of soliciting offers from amongst the diverse population of large and small businesses and their approved team members. All task orders are competitively solicited, awarded and managed using the SeaPort-e platform. The Navy conducts rolling admissions to allow new industry partners with participation opportunities.
Get information on SeaPort-e.
Sole Source Requirements and Justification and Approvals (J&As)
A J&A is a legal document required by Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for contracting on a sole source basis (i.e. not providing for competition). J&As set forth the facts for the determination that a sole source contract is appropriate. Sole source requirements and J&As are posted at www.fbo.gov.
The preferred method for submitting ideas and concepts to ONR, in lieu of submission of an Unsolicited Proposal, is to respond to an open announcement (such as a BAA or FOA).
If after reviewing ONR open announcements and concluding that submission of an Unsolicited Proposal is the most appropriate course of action, please note that there are strict policies and procedures concerning the submission, receipt, evaluation, and acceptance or rejection of an Unsolicited Proposal as set for in FAR Subpart 16.5 – Unsolicited Proposals.