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Funding Opportunity: ONR 2024 Young Investigator Program

Information shared by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – March 2023

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) released its fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Young Investigator Program (YIP). This program aims to attract tenure-track or tenure-track equivalent university scientists and engineers by providing multi-year research grants to exceptional faculty pursuing teaching or research careers in areas of interest to the Department of Navy Science and Technology program. Proposals should be submitted via no later than July 7, 2023, at 5:00 PM ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program officer in their technical area to discuss their research ideas before submitting a proposal. More information can be found attached and below.

ONR will only accept proposals that pursue research in its outlined research and technology areas and are of interest to ONR program officers. ONR research priorities related to applied mathematics and computational science include:

  • Applied and Computational Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for Photonics, Power & Energy, Atmospherics, and Quantum Science
  • Computational Methods for Decision Making – Automated Image Understanding
  • Computational Methods for Decision Making – Large Scale Distributed Decision-making
  • Computational Methods for Decision Making – Resource Optimization
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Machine Learning, Reasoning and Intelligence
  • Mathematical and Resource Optimization
  • Mathematical Data Science

Additionally, ONR strongly encourages applicants to consider the following best practices to increase their chance of a successful proposal:

  • Contact the ONR program officer before submitting a proposal to discuss research ideas (informal white papers may be submitted to support this discussion).
  • Try to understand the program officer’s portfolio and interests.
  • Review the ONR website; become familiar with Navy terminology/where your technology aligns.
  • Demonstrate merit with a record of publishing in peer reviewed journals and a strong letter of support from the university and/or department.
  • Submit a complete curriculum vitae with the proposal package.

Due Date: Technical and eligibility questions should be submitted before 12:00 PM ET on June 23, 2023, and proposals are due before 5:00 PM ET on July 7, 2023. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program officer in their technical area to discuss their research ideas before submitting a proposal. Proposers may optionally send a brief, informal pre-proposal, or white paper to the appropriate designated ONR program officer and must copy [email protected] to initiate a discussion.

Total Funding and Award Size: Individual awards will be funded at a maximum of $750,000 for a three year base period. ONR anticipates making 25 awards, no more than five made per each of the Navy’s S&T departments.

Eligibility and Limitations: This FOA is for single Principal Investigators who are first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track equivalent faculty who have received their degree on or after January 1, 2016. Proposers must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Prior ONR YIP recipients may not apply.

The award associated with this FOA will be issued in the form of a grant to U.S. institutions of higher education that award degrees in science, engineering, and/or mathematics. U.S. nonprofit organizations operating for scientific and educational services may also submit proposals. Researchers must therefore submit at least one Letter of Support from an appropriate university or organization official with their proposal. Additional eligibility and submission instructions can be found in the full FOA.

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