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U.S. Department of Defense – Office of Naval Research

​Name of Funder

U.S. Department of Defense – Office of Naval Research

Grant Program

FY22 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program

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Link to Funding Announcement

Application Due Date

March 31, 2023

Grant Award Range

The funded amount and performance period of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the technology area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected.

Expected Number of Awards


Eligible Applicants

All responsible sources from academia, non-profit organization, and industry (for-profit) organizations may submit applications under this FOA. Foreign entities will be considered. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal Colleges or Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, Native-Hawaiian-serving institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions, Native American-serving nontribal institutions, Minority Institutions, and covered educational institutions in 10 USC 2362 are especially encouraged to apply. Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including the Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this FOA. However, teaming arrangements between FFRDCs and eligible principal applicants are allowed so long as they are permitted under the sponsoring agreement between the Government and the specific FFRDC. Navy laboratories, military universities, and warfare centers, as well as other DoD and civilian agency laboratories, are also not eligible to receive awards under this FOA and must not submit either white papers or applications in response to this FOA. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) can submit white papers and/or proposals under this FOA unless precluded by their DoD UARC contract.

Overview of Funding

ONR seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways and workforce opportunities for diverse U.S. citizens directly relevant to ONR science and technology areas.

As the capacity of the Department of the Navy (DON) Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with STEM education and outreach, ONR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes, align education, and outreach efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students of all ages and the naval-related workforce. Projects must increase engagement in STEM, from students to the current workforce, and enhance people with needed Naval STEM skills, knowledge, and abilities. ONR encourages applications to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

This FOA specifically seeks STEM education and outreach projects that address scientific and technical areas identified in the following thrust areas. Project scope may range in size and complexity. While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented and under-served populations, including women and minorities in project plans. Special audience priority areas may include, but not be limited to, military-connected students, veteran initiatives, and education systems integral to naval science and technology.

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