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Code 35 Future Naval Capabilities (FNC)

The Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department’s (Code 35) Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) program – as an integral part of the larger ONR-wide FNC program – is focused on delivering S&T solutions within the department’s core competencies to the warfighter. FNCs guide and manage the utilization of 6.3 (advanced technology development) funds to mature technology for transition to naval acquisition programs.

FNCs seek to develop quantified S&T deliverables (e.g., prototype systems, knowledge products and technology improvements) in response to validated Navy requirements. New FNCs are competed on an annual basis and, once approved, typically do not exceed three years in total effort. FNC efforts typically start at a technology readiness level (TRL) of four and conclude at a TRL of six.

Each FNC is aligned to an identified warfighting gap or warfighting capability, and it can deliver a distinct, measurable improvement that contributes to closing the corresponding warfighting gap. FNCs can contain one or a number of discrete but interrelated efforts that take into account or leverage science and technology (S&T) investments by other organizations such as at DARPA, Navy and other Service laboratories, Centers of Excellence and industry.

ONR’s Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department places great emphasis on the condition that proposed S&T meets the war fighter needs of the Fleet and Force. The Code 35 selection process places a rigorous emphasis on buy-in by the relevant resource/requirements and acquisition communities. Right from the outset, it is imperative that Code 35 sponsored FNCs have a clear and solid transition path to the warfighter, and that each FNC is built upon a solid foundation of science and technology.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Naval needs
    • Tactical missile enhancements, offensive and defensive capabilities
    • Survivable, standoff, all weather anti-submarine warfare capabilities
    • High-threat, time-critical strike
    • Countermeasures to advanced seekers and hostile fire
    • Air vehicle performance enhancements
    • Air platform survivability, total ownership cost, and operational availability
    • Hypersonic missile defense
    • Naval fires enhancements
    • Non-kinetic warfare capabilities
    • Unmanned naval aviation
    • Many-on-many weapons-targets mission planning tools
    • Unmanned-manned teaming for strike missions
  • Technology areas
    • Energetics – warhead and propulsion
    • Warhead design improvements
    • Guidance and control navigation/autonomy
    • Airframe technology
    • Power and energy enhancement
    • Propulsion design improvements
    • Sensor, seeker and targeting
    • Directed energy - offensive and defensive
    • Collaborative operations, system of systems improvements
    • Advanced manufacturing technologies
    • Reduced maintenance concepts
    • Advanced high-, and ultra-high temperature materials and coatings
    • Efficient algorithms for guaranteed threat engagements
  • Additional focus areas of interest
    • Life-cycle cost
    • Kill-web enhancements
    • Flight performance enhancements

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.


Heeke, Ken
Program Officer
Code 352