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
Department of The Navy, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 1035 1354
Fiscal Year 2017 1015
Fiscal Year 2018 715
Fiscal Year 2019 700
10 U.S.C. 2358
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
See above.
Award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations; 2) having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) meeting other requirements specified in the agency announcements
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 Funding Opportunity Announcements published in See announcement 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 announcement. 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 location, 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 typically 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 research by graduate and undergraduate students pursuing studies in areas of naval concern; research 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?
Not applicable.
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 $750,000 or less a year in Federal Awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will reflect a period of performance which is generally 3-5 years. Awards are typically funded incrementally.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Susan Sutherland
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington , VA 22203 US
Phone: 703-696-4601
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$123,381,832.00; FY 19 est $125,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$727,616,491.00; FY 16$905,427,761.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 - $20,000,000; mean=$500,000; median=$300,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements. Also refer to ONR website -
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Properties and Performance of Compositionally Complex AlCrFeMn Alloys for Marine Applications
Fiscal Year 2019 Generalized Computations for Learning, Memory, and Decision Making in Artificial and Biological Neural Networks


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