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Navy and Marine Corps STEM Education and Workforce Program (ONR STEM)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Defense (DoD)


    The Office of Naval Research (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 and 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 aim to 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 is specifically seeking 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.

    Specific program topics include the following:

    STEM cybersecurity education that leverages smart mobile devices to educate and promote cybersecurity awareness for students in grades 9-12 includes:

    • Increasing cyber awareness;
    • Promoting cybersecurity as a profession.

    STEM interests supporting warfighter performance include:

    • Human Physiology and Performance
    • Medical and Biology
    • Bio-centric Technologies
    • Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy
    • Training and Education
    • Social and Cultural
    • Command and Control

    ONR Global STEM interests include:

    • Materials Engineering, in particular, corrosion
    • Medical Sciences, Mental and Physical health
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Alternate Position Navigation & Time
    • Self-paced software coding course for students in grades 6 through 12
    • Courses to expose students to job opportunities available to computer programmers and
    • software engineer

    Naval Accelerator STEM interests include a broad range of STEM educational and training opportunities for career and workforce development, including but not limited to:

    • STEM activities that promote Technology Transfer, such as education and training on patents.
    • Development or modification of STEM courses with for the purposes of incorporating inclusivity (e.g., cultural diversity, gender diversity, contributions of underrepresented minorities) and accessibility (e.g., neurodiversity) in the teaching materials.
    • Internships for veterans in STEM.
    • National security innovation and entrepreneurial education programs to include:
      • Materials to recruit participants, including veterans and underrepresented groups
      • Model curriculum
      • Training materials
      • Best practices
      • Experimental learning opportunities for program participants to interact with operational forces to better understand national security challenges.
    • Coordinating and partnering with activities and organizations that employ Hacking for Defense, and related efforts

    ONR STEM interests include:

    • Innovative new STEM areas with a strong focus on diversity, equity and/or inclusion.

    Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate point of contact for each specific technical area to discuss their STEM proposal.


    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects are highlighted in the quarterly Naval STEM Newsletter. Past issues are available here:  and

    Additional Information

    The primary basis for selecting proposals for acceptance will be technical merit, importance to agency programs, and fund availability. Cost realism and reasonableness will also be considered when selecting proposals. Applicant's proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria defined by the thrust area point of contact.

    1. Overall scientific and technical merits of the proposal and responsiveness to the topic, i.e., the degree of innovation, soundness of technical concept
    2. Potential Naval relevance and contribution to the ONR and DON mission.
    3. Potential contribution to advance STEM education, outreach and workforce opportunities.

    Criteria 1, 2, and 3 are equally important.

    The thrust area point of contact makes the ultimate recommendation for award of proposals. Proposals will not be evaluated against each other since they are not submitted in accordance with a common work statement. ONR's intent is to review all proposal received as soon as possible after they arrive; however, proposals may be reviewed periodically for administrative reasons.



  • Eligibility Details

    The following responsible sources from academia, non-profit organization and industry (for-profit) organizations may submit applications under this FOA:

    • Industry (For-profit) organizations other than small businesses
    • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
    • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    • Private institutions of higher education
    • Small businesses
    • HBCUs, HSIs, Tribal Colleges and Universities, ANNH,  AANAPISI, NASNTI, and Minority Institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

    Foreign entities will not be considered.

    Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including 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) are eligible to submit white papers under this FOA unless precluded from doing so by their DoD UARC contract.

    Deadline Details

    This announcement will remain open for approximately one (1) year from the date of publication (April 1, 2022), or until replaced by a successor. FOA proposals may be submitted at any time during this period. Selections for award will be made throughout this FOA open period of April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023.

    Award Details

    The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the technology area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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