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:
- Secondary education communities;
- Post-Secondary communities;
- Informal science communities;
- Current naval STEM workforce 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:
- Develop and implement exploratory pilot projects that seek to create new educational experiences within educational and training communities.
- Develop larger cohesive STEM education and training activities that strengthen the capacity of regional communities and stakeholders to improve STEM education and training.
- Establish meetings of stakeholders that must seek to connect relevant people and organizations to explicitly develop broader projects for impacting entire communities.
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
. 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:
- Augmented Warfighter
- Integrated & Distributed Forces
- Operational Endurance
- Sensing & Sense-Making
- Scalable Lethality