Grants Program

Welcome to the ONR STEM Education and Workforce Grants Program

150521-N-PO203-012 NEW YORK, New York (May 21, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Tietz, assigned to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) reserve component, takes a selfie with kindergarten students from Speyer Legacy School during a visit aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) during Fleet Week New York (FWNY). FWNY, now in its 27th year, is the city’s celebration of the sea services. It is an opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

The ONR seeks a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities.

As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the necessity to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align 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 including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skills. Projects must aim to increase student engagement in STEM and persistence of students in STEM degrees, while improving student technical capacity. ONR encourages proposals to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why students choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.


All responsible sources from academia, the nonprofit sector, and industry may submit proposals under this FOA.


The FY19 FOA is active.  Please refer to the FOA for submission deadlines.

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