The Office of Naval Research (ONR) coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
(30) Develops and transitions technologies to enable the Navy-Marine Corps team to win and survive on the battlefield, today and tomorrow.
(31) Supports the development of advanced electronics, communications, surveillance and navigational tools that provide the Navy with a battlefield advantage.
(32) Equips the Navy with technologies designed to observe, model and predict air, ocean and shore environments, and detect underwater threats.
(33) Develops and delivers technologies that enable superior warfighting and energy capabilities for naval forces, platforms and undersea weaponry.
(34) Enhances warfighter effectiveness and efficiency through bioengineered and biorobotic systems, medical technologies, improved manpower, personnel, training and system design.
(35) Supports the Navy’s power project needs, fostering the technology development of naval aircraft, structures, propulsion, autonomy, energetic, directed energy and electric weapons.


ONR’s directorates balance a robust science and technology (S&T) portfolio, allocating funds to meet the warfighter's requirements.

ONR Global

New Waterjets Could Propel LCS to Greater Speeds

Image - Waterjet impellerThe Navy's fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Milwaukee, will be the first to benefit from new high-power density waterjets aimed at staving off rudder and propeller damage experienced on high-speed ships.

The product of an ONR Future Naval Capabilities program, the waterjets arrived in January at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, where Milwaukee (LCS 5) is under construction.

Research on the Road

Sea-Air-Space Expo 2013 (Details)
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.
April 8-10, 2013

The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Expo is the largest maritime exposition in the U.S., bringing together representatives from the private sector with key military decision makers.

Technology Deployed to Track Epidemics

Image - Cell PhonesAn ONR-funded program to get ahead of epidemic outbreaks has led to the deployment of new healthcare monitoring and information collection technology.

Limited technical infrastructure in developing countries often can slow humanitarian aid and hamper responses to disasters, so researchers are collecting data through a text message-based system set up to take advantage of widespread access to handheld devices in Colombia and Zambia.

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