On September 30, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) released its overarching Broad Agency
Announcement (BAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The BAA, released annually, outlines ONR research
interests across its codes and programs. Proposals are requested for basic research (6.1), applied
research (6.2), and early stage advanced technology development (6.3). ONR remains a primary DOD
supporter of basic research and maintains programs that contribute to the Navy’s sea, air, human
performance, and training missions. ONR’s primary research divisions are:
Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism (Code 30);
Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Ocean Battlespace Sensing (Code 32);
Sea Warfare and Weapons (Code 33);
Warfighter Performance (Code 34); and
Naval Air Warfare and Weapons (Code 35).
While the BAA is expansive and covers many topics of interest to ONR, one change for FY 2015 from the
previous BAA is that some ONR codes provide greater detail regarding subtopics of interest. Many of
the general descriptions for ONR codes are similar to years past, but more granular information is
provided regarding specific topics of interest for FY 2015. This is particularly evident in ONR’s
Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department (Code 30) and the Naval Air
Warfare and Weapons Department (Code 35), whose research interests are considerably more detailed
than in the FY 2014 BAA. Similarly, the BAA contains details of numerous new programs within the
Mathematics, Computers, and Information Sciences thrust that resides in the Command, Control,
Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division (C4ISR, Code 31).
These are just a few examples of new priorities and programs outlined in the FY 2015 BAA; researchers
should review the full BAA for detailed interests for ONR codes and programs. Upon review, interested
researchers should contact the appropriate ONR program manager to discuss alignment of project ideas
with ONR priorities.
Consistent with recent years, the basic research and overall science and technology priorities pushed by
DOD research leadership permeate the BAA. Autonomy is a particular emphasis for ONR in FY 2015 as
numerous ONR codes and programs state an interest in supporting research with the ability to underpin
future autonomous platforms across a range of naval operations theaters (sea, air, space, etc.).
Additionally, the BAA reflects DOD research leadership’s interest in increasing efficiency and reducing
costs of naval technologies and weapons systems. ONR programs across disciplines (from energy
generation and storage to advanced sensors) seek proposals designed to drive scientific breakthroughs
that can reduce costs while increasing utility of naval technologies. Other priorities evident throughout
the BAA include cognitive science and neuroscience, enhancing human performance, buffering DOD’s 2
advanced manufacturing capabilities, cybersecurity, and improving the Navy’s ability to analyze and
manage large data sets.
Unlike FY 2014, ONR does not announce its intent to compete another basic research challenge in the FY
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Office of Naval Research Releases FY 2015 BAA