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 Office of Naval Research


Ms. Ellen Simonoff (acting)

Small Business Director       ONR                              

Serve as the Department of the Navy's systems command for Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology system programs to equip and sustain Marine forces with expeditionary and crisis-response capabilities.

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense which supports the President's budget and provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.

While developing long-term technological advantages, ONR also maintains a strong emphasis on today's need to pre-empt or defeat threats and forces operating within complex physical, cyber and social terrains. ONR does so by focusing on areas that provide the biggest payoff for the Navy and Marine Corps of the future, ensuring that it is innovative in its science and business processes, heightening S&T transitions to acquisition programs and into the fleet, and recruiting the world's brightest minds in science.

Additionally, ONR manages the Department of the Navy's STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Coordination Office both to foster student interest in the sciences and to build a robust future S&T workforce).


ONR explores the cutting edge of science and technology (S&T) and strives to transition that S&T into acquisition programs. Further amplifying ONR's role in protecting our nation's personnel and interests, ONR's workforce of highly talented military leadership, program management staff and cadre of scientists and researches provide technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.

Strategic Priorities

The Naval Science and Technology Strategic Plan sets forth the S&T priorities of the Department of the Navy and describes how ONR invests in research focus areas including:

  • Assure Access to Maritime Battlespace
  • Autonomy and Unmanned Systems
  • Expeditionary & Irregular Warfare
  • Information Dominance
  • Platform Design & Survivability
  • Power and Energy
  • Power Projection & Integrated Defense
  • Total Ownership Cost
  • Warfighter Performance

About ONR

The Department of Defense and Department of Navy (DON) strategic documents provide the basic foundation for the Naval Science and Technology (S&T) Strategic Plan. The priorities of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps are reflected in the shape of the investment portfolio and nine S&T focus areas outlined in the plan. This is a broad strategy that articulates a general direction for the future, while retaining sufficient flexibility and freedom of action to meet emerging challenges or alter course as directed by senior naval leadership.

This online version provides an abbreviated overview of the plan’s focus areas. For more detailed information, download any of the complete plans indicated below:

As the DoN's S&T provider, ONR identifies S&T solutions to address Navy and Marine Corps needs. Since its establishment in 1946, ONR continues to be the first place that senior naval leadership turns to for addressing emerging technology issues and challenges. The ONR mission, defined in law, is to plan, foster and encourage scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power, and the preservation of national security; and to manage the Navy's basic, applied and advanced research to foster transition from science and technology to higher levels of research, development, test and evaluation.

This strategy ensures that ONR's investments respond properly to naval needs and support the realization of innovative naval operational concepts. Its principal goals include:

  • Ensuring alignment of naval S&T with naval missions and future capability needs
  • Balancing and managing the S&T portfolio
  • Communicating the S&T vision and approach to senior decision-makers, key stakeholders, S&T partners, customers and performers

Small Business Opportunities

The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Office of Small Business Programs is a small business advocacy and advisory office responsible for insuring that small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized business (HUBZone), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business and women-owned small business concerns, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs), participate in ONR's acquisition program both as prime contractors and as subcontractors. The office is also responsible for facilitating achievement of the Small Business Program targets.

The office maintains an active outreach program to identify potential Small Business Program participants by attending and participating in government-industry conferences throughout the United States. In addition, the office provides individual and group procurement advisory counseling to the small business community. Procurement advisory counseling includes advice concerning acquisition procedures, information regarding proposed Acquisition, instructions on preparing proposals, interpretation of standard clauses, certifications and representations, obtaining payment, and obtaining financial assistance within the procurement regulations.

A major role in the implementation of the Small Business Program at ONR involves advising and assisting contracting officials and program managers in acquisition planning and reviewing all acquisition for possible Small Business Program set-asides, subcontracting opportunities and subcontracting administration. The office provides assistance to ONR's contracting officials regarding the determination of the acceptability of prime contractor subcontracting arrangements.

The Supply and Information Services Division is responsible for procuring materials and/or services with an estimated price at or below the Simplified Acquisition threshold of $150,000, on the open market. Additionally, additionally they procure materials and /or services from GSA Schedule contracts and other indefinite delivery type contracts up to the maximum order limit of the contract. The Supply and Information Services Division has unlimited authority when ordering from the Government's Wholesale Supply System.

To view the list of opportunities please visit: The website provides detailed information on 'how to respond to solicitations' and provides a list of Current Solicitations which primarily consist of combined synopsis/solicitations. In addition they maintain a current mailing source list utilizing their automated system; companies' information may be emailed to or mailed to:

Naval Research Laboratory

Technical Staff, Code 3441.3
4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20375-5329

Monday mornings are 'Vendor Days', to allow contractors/vendors an opportunity to come in and meet the Contracting Officers/Purchasing Agents. To schedule an appointment/questions contact (202) 767-9288 or by mail at:

Naval Research Laboratory

Purchasing Branch, Code 3410
4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20375-5329

Small Business Contact

Office of Naval Research
Office: (703) 696-2607

DON Office of Small Business Programs: (202) 685-6485