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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is an organization within the United States Department of the Navy that coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It funds, administers, and collaborates with schools, universities, government laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.



ONR Headquarters is in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. Accordingly, the nearest Washington Metro stop to ONR offices is Ballston, which is served by both the Orange Line (Washington Metro) and the Silver Line (Washington Metro).

Additionally, ONR Global has offices overseas in Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo, London, Prague, Singapore, and Tokyo.


ONR was authorized by an Act of Congress, Public Law 588, and subsequently approved by President Harry S. Truman on 1 August 1946, with the stated mission of "planning, fostering, and encouraging scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power and the preservation of national security."[citation needed]

Today, ONR carries funds (through grants and contracts)scientists, technologists, and engineers who perform basic research, technology development, and advanced technology demonstrations

ONR's balanced S&T Portfolio is allocated as followed: 10% Quick Reaction 30% S&T Acquisition Enablers 10% Leap Ahead Innovations 40% Discovery & Invention (Basic and Applied Science) 10% Other.[citation needed]


Command StructureEdit

ONR reports to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy through the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. The Chief of Naval Research is Rear Admiral David J. Hahn and the Vice Chief of Naval Research is Brigadier General Christian F. Wortman, United States Marine Corps, who also serves as Director of United States Marine Corps Futures Directorate and Commanding General of the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

ONR executes its mission through

In 2007, a Naval S&T Strategic Plan was developed to describe how ONR will enable the future operational concepts of the Navy and the Marine Corps. This plan was updated in 2009 and 2011. By design, it is a broad strategy that provides strong direction for the future, but it is aimed to retain sufficient flexibility and freedom of action to allow ONR to meet emerging challenges or alter course as directed by senior Naval leadership.

Science and Technology DepartmentsEdit

ONR has six science and technology departments that fund basic research programs, primarily through U.S. universities; technology research programs, primarily through government and nongovernment laboratories; and, advanced technology demonstration programs, primarily through U.S. industry and companies. The six departments support efforts span from combating terrorism to oceanography and from sea warfare to life sciences.

Additionally, ONR has an Office of Transition that supports technology transitions to the Navy and Marine Corps; a Small Business Innovative Research Office that encourages small businesses to develop and commercialize products in support of ONR’s mission; a Future Naval Capabilities Program that works to provide technologies to close warfighting gaps; and a Corporate Programs Office that supports cross-disciplinary research and education programs.

ONR Corporate Programs: Research & EducationEdit

In general, corporate programs are designed to increase the numbers and capabilities of engineers, scientists, and government personnel available to carry out efforts that support national defense and to provide evolutionary and often revolutionary technological capabilities to the United States Navy and Marine Corps. To accomplish this, ONR supports many Corporate research and education programs:

  • Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)
  • Multidisciplinary Research Program of the URI (MURI)
  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) of the URI
  • DoD Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCOR)
  • Young Investigator Program
  • DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program of the URI
  • Summer Faculty Research Program
  • Faculty Sabbatical Leave Program
  • Naval High School Science Awards Program
  • HBCU (Historically Black Colleges/Universities)Future Engineering Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) (Run by ONR, funded by the American Society for Engineering Education)

Naval Research LaboratoryEdit

Founded in 1923, NRL employs over 2,500 scientists and engineers.[1] NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. It has a prestigious history, including the development of the first U.S. radar system,[2] developing synthetic lubricants (for modern gas turbine engines), over-the-horizon radar,[3] the first U.S. surveillance satellite, and the Clementine mission. A few of the Laboratory's current specialties include plasma physics, space physics, materials science, and tactical electronic warfare.

ONR GlobalEdit

ONR Global regional offices are located in:

  • RAF Blenheim Crescent, London, U.K. (Europe)
  • Santiago, Chile (Latin America)
  • Tokyo, Japan (Asia/Pacific)
  • Australia (Asia/Pacific)
  • Singapore (South Asia/Singapore)
  • Prague, Czech Republic (Europe)

ONR Global is a supporter of the Global Security Challenge at the London Business School.


Sea Fighter (FSF-1), August 2005.

ONR's investments have enabled many firsts, including the launch of the first U.S. intel satellite; the development of SEALAB I/II; the validation of the GPS concept and launch of the first GPS satellite; the first global atmospheric prediction model; GWOT support through various quick response programs; and, most recently, the Electromagnetic Railgun, the Infantry Immersive Trainer and Super-conducting Motors.[citation needed] Others include:

The ONR has also sponsored symposia such as the Symposium on Principles of Self-Organization at Allerton Park in 1960.[6]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About NRL - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Development of the Radar Principle - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory". Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Over-the-Horizon Radar - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory". Archived from the original on 17 April 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ "United States Department of Defense". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Office of Naval Research". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Frontispiece". International Tracts in Computer Science and Technology and their Application. 9 (Principles of Self-Organization). 1962.

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