The ONR seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities.
While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY15, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Post-Secondary education, and outreach designed to enhance the DoN (or Naval) STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Emphasis will be given both to key engineering and scientific areas outlined in the Naval S&T Strategic Plan such as our National Naval Responsibilities (see ONR website), and to identified STEM related workforce gaps and new strategic goals on the uniformed and civilian side.
This announcement will remain open until 30 September, 2015 or until replaced by a successor FOA or BAA, whichever first occurs. It is expected that white paper pre-proposals will be accepted through 28 February, 2015, unless the program schedule is altered by budgetary irregularities or available funding is exhausted. Proposals are considered as they arrive and successful applications are funded on a rolling basis. Therefore, Offerors are encouraged to submit early in the cycle as there is no guarantee of available program funding. Full proposals must be considered under the same FOA as submitted white papers, and therefore, invited full proposals based on white papers submitted by 30 April, 2015 may be accepted until the close of this announcement.
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