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Our Research

ONR makes broad investments in basic and applied research that will increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems.

ONR sponsors research across a wide array of critical scientific disciplines, working with partners from industry, academia, naval warfare centers and other knowledge-based organizations. Our program officers work on everything from long-term (basic) scientific research, all the way to near-term solutions and quick-reaction prototype deliveries. We have led the field since 1946 in areas from radar to lasers and even the cooling of atoms to make possible atomic clocks and GPS, and we continue to advance America’s knowledge base on behalf of the warfighter.

ONR-sponsored research covers a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

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Program managers are the technical point of contact for ONR-sponsored research.

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Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby's priorities for 2022.

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