Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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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.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Weizmann Institute Of Science $ 100,000   2021-11-302026-11-29
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $ 3,522,546   2021-11-192026-11-18
Trustees Of Princeton University, The $ 598,476   2021-11-012026-10-31
Trustees Of Dartmouth College $ 598,336   2021-10-012026-09-30
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 417,287   2021-09-272026-09-26
University Of Illinois $ 589,211   2021-09-222026-09-21
Oregon State University $ 387,016   2021-09-162026-09-15
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 600,000   2021-09-152026-09-14
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 600,000   2021-09-142026-09-13
University Of Washington $ 1,140,670   2021-09-082026-09-07

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 1354. Fiscal Year 2017: 1100. Fiscal Year 2018: 1275.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


10 U.S.C. 2358.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Awards may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.


Not Applicable.


Reapplication with new proposal is permitted.

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 a period of performance which is generally 3-5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are typically funded incrementally.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are expected to publish or otherwise make results of work publicly available.

No cash reports are required.

Performance reports, both interim and final, are required.

Interim performance reports are required on an annual basis using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format.

A final financial report (SF-425) is required.

Typically the SF-270 used for payment requests is also used for interim financial reporting purposes.

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.


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).

Financial Information

Account Identification

17-1319-0-1-051 - Office of Naval Research.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $905,427,761; FY 17 est $1,100,000,000; and FY 18 est $750,000,000

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 ?

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Susan Sutherland 875 North Randolph Street, Arlington , Virginia 22203 Email: Phone: 703-696-4601

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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