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Division 341: Human & Bioengineered Systems Division

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Human and Bioengineered Systems Division's mission is to direct, plan, foster and encourage science and technology in cognitive science, computational neuroscience, bioscience and bio-mimetic technology, physiology and biophysics, immunology, social/organizational science, training, human factors, and decision making as related to Naval needs.


  • Sustained and improved warfighter performance and enhanced decision making in all environments through training and biomedical technologies
  • Create options for future (perhaps unanticipated) naval decisions, based upon fundamental understanding gained from cognitive and neurosciences
  • Support integrated interdisciplinary research programs
  • Cultivate transition of findings to government and industry, advanced technology development, small business and acquisition projects

Current Research Interests

ONR's Human and Bioengineered Systems Division seeks innovative proposals in basic research through applied research. Research areas of interest include:

  • Biometrics and human activity recognition
  • Cognitive sciences
  • Computational neurosciences and biorobotics
  • Human factors, organizational design and decision research
  • Social, cultural and behavioral modeling
  • Training, education and human performance

The examples given above are not meant to limit the range of support available from ONR. ONR seeks proposals creating research, development and acquisition options of potentially extraordinary value. ONR is willing to consider high-risk projects having commensurate value.


LaFiandra, Michael Dr.
Division Director