The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a diverse, world-class STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a robust pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the below communities or any combination of these communities:
Project scope may range in size and complexity. Projects that are already established with prior funding sources or have established stakeholders are especially encouraged to consider the following scope areas:
The technical content of any idea must establish naval relevance within the priority areas as outlined in the œNaval Research and Development Framework and Addendum, https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/naval-research-framework. You may also reference the Naval Science & Technology Strategic Plan, or such as the National Naval Responsibilities for additional insight (see ONR website: https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/-/media/Files/About-ONR/2015-Naval-Strategy-final-web). Broad priority areas are as follows:
Previously funded projects are highlighted in the quarterly Naval STEM Newsletter. Past issues are available here: https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Education-Outreach/Navy-STEM-Strategy and https://www.onr.navy.mil/Education-Outreach/Navy-STEM-Strategy/grant-abstracts
Initial submissions must be a white paper. White papers will be accepted started until June 12, 2020. Once the initial evaluation of white papers is completed, applicants will be notified of their projects status on or about July 17, 2020. Full applications may only be submitted by invitation and should be received by August 28, 2020. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.
Each individual award will be up to a maximum of $250,000 per year, with one-year option periods, for up to three years. Applications for larger amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Cost sharing/matching is not required.