Basic and Applied Scientific Research


To support and stimulate basic and applied research and technology at educational institutions, non-profits and other research organizations, which have potential for superiority in the improvement of naval operations, and to train and motivate future researchers in science and engineering disciplines.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Research
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 4639 Awards. Fiscal Year 2015: 5000 Awards. Fiscal Year 2016: 5070 Awards.
The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977, 31 U.S.C 6304-6305.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters Grants and Agreements cannot be awarded to individuals or families.
ONR Global Grants and Agreements can be awarded to individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
ONR headquarters Grants and Agreements cannot be awarded to individuals or families.
ONR Global Grants and Agreements can be awarded to individuals.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible applicants may submit proposals in response to the relevant Broad Agency Announcements and ONR Funding Opportunities published annually in the Federal Business Opportunities ( See ( for actual submission instructions.
Award Procedure
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from a peer and/or scientific review. Evaluations will use the criteria contained in the relevant BAA. If selected, the proposal is incorporated into a grant/cooperative agreement document and the applicant agrees to perform the research described therein.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Awards may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.
Not Applicable.
Reapplication with new proposal is permitted.
How are proposals selected?
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from a scientific and cost review. Evaluations will be conducted using the following evaluation criteria: 1. Overall scientific and technical merits of the proposal; 2. Potential Naval relevance and contributions of the effort to the agency's specific mission; 3. The offeror's capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques or unique combinations of these which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives; 4. The qualifications, capabilities and experience of the proposed Principal Investigator (PI), team leader and key personnel who are critical in achieving the proposal objectives; and 5. The realism of the proposed costs and availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Basic, applied and advanced research in the physical, mathematical, environmental, engineering and life sciences providing knowledge necessary for the Department of the Navy to make informed decisions about further exploratory development to provide the technology base from which naval capabilities are drawn; and partial support of symposia in the listed disciplines. Programs to encourage careers in science, technology and engineering by supporting outstanding graduate and undergraduate students pursuing studies in areas of naval concern; programs to increase the number of science and engineering graduates from underrepresented minority groups and programs providing funding for universities to purchase major, high-cost research instrumentation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are expected to publish or otherwise make results of work publicly available. No cash reports are required. Copies of cost/progress and final reports are furnished by the recipient to a prescribed list of addressees as set forth in the grant. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Each recipient will maintain purchase receipts and other expenditures and accounting records sufficient to determine the funds were used for the appropriate purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will reflect period of performance, which is generally 3-5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards may be funded in total or incrementally.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
(ONR Code 22) Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Email: Phone: 703-696-4601
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
17-1319-0-1-051 - Office of Naval Research.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $593,806,055; FY 15 est $600,000,000; and FY 16 est $600,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 - $20,000,000; mean=$500,000; median=$300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARS) and refer to ONR website –
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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