FY2018 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for basic research relating to the following topic areas:
Topic 1 Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations Topic 2 Levitated Optomechanics Topic 3 Exploring Compositional

Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys Topic 4 Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems
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Basic and Applied Scientific Research

Department Of Defense

Agency: Office of Naval Research


Estimated Funding: $312,637

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All responsible sources from academia, industry and the research community may submit proposals under this BAA.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals.

However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for Small Business or other socio-economic participation.

All businesses both small and large are encouraged to submit proposals and compete for funding consideration.


Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this BAA.

However, teaming arrangements between FFRDCs and eligible principal Offerors are allowed so long as such arrangements are permitted under the sponsoring agreement between the Government and the specific FFRDC.


Navy laboratories, military universities and warfare centers as well as other Department of Defense and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this BAA and should not directly submit either white papers or full proposals in response to this BAA.

If any such organization is interested in one or more of the programs described herein, the organization should contact an appropriate ONR Technical POC to discuss its area of interest.

The various scientific divisions of ONR are identified at http://www.onr.navy.mil/.

As with FFRDCs, these types of federal organizations may team with other eligible sources from academia and industry that are submitting proposals under this BAA.


University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA unless precluded from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contract.


Teams are also encouraged and may submit proposals in any and all areas.

However, Offerors must be willing to cooperate and exchange software, data and other information in an integrated program with other contractors, as well as with system integrators, selected by ONR.


Offerors should be aware of recent changes in export control laws.

Offerors are responsible for ensuring compliance with all U. S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)( 22 CFR Parts 120 - 130) and Export Administration Regulation (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 – 774), as applicable.

In some cases, developmental items funded by the Department of Defense are now included on the United States Munition List (USML) (22 CFR Part 121) and are therefore subject to ITAR jurisdiction.

In other cases, items that were previously included on the USML have been moved to the EAR Commerce Control List (CCL).

Offerors should address in their proposals whether ITAR or EAR restrictions apply to the work they are proposing to perform for ONR.

The ITAR and EAR are available online at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse.

Additional information regarding the President's Export Control Reform Initiative can be found at http://export.gov/ecr/index.asp.

Offerors must comply with all U. S. export control laws and regulations, including the ITAR and EAR, in the performance of any award or agreement resulting from this BAA.

Offerors shall be responsible for obtaining any required licenses or other approvals, or license exemptions or exceptions if applicable, for exports of hardware, technical data, and software (including deemed exports), or for the provision of technical assistance.


Cost sharing is not expected and will not be used as a factor during the merit review of any proposal hereunder.

However, the Government may consider voluntary cost sharing if proposed.

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