Young Investigator Program

The Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who commenced their first appointment on or after Nov. 1, 2007, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

Proposals should address research areas described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR’s website ( for consideration by ONR program officers and division directors. Potential applicants may contact the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. Brief informal preproposals may be submitted to facilitate these discussions.

Applicants must submit a research proposal and a supporting letter through the appropriate university officials. ONR makes awards to institutions, not to individuals. The research proposal should follow the format described in the broad agency announcement.

Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. These funds may be used for any reasonable costs related to the research, such as the salary for the young investigator, graduate student support, supplies and operating expenses. A young investigator may be request additional funds exceeding the $170,000 yearly amount for capital equipment for the first budget period based on the needs of the research. Requesting funds for capital equipment will not decrease the probability of receiving an award; additional support for equipment will be decided separately from award selections and will depend upon availability of funds.