The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions
that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U. S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Naval STEM related workforce opportunities.
While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY14, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate STEM education and outreach designed to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps STEM workforce and its mission readiness.
Emphasis will be given both to key engineering and scientific areas outlined in the Naval S&T Strategic Plan such as our National Naval Responsibilities (see ONR website), and to identified STEM related workforce gaps and new strategic goals on the uniformed and civilian side.
Currently, we are especially interested in efforts related to developing information technology/ computer science/ cyber security expertise, strengthening the engineering disciplines across all Naval activities, as well as improving our technician pipeline.
While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented populations including women and minorities in program plans.
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All responsible sources from academia, the nonprofit sector, and industry may submit proposals under this FOA.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and to join others in submitting proposals.
However, no portion of this FOA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation, due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable items of this opportunity for exclusive competition among the entities.
Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this FOA.
However, teaming arrangements between FFRDCs and eligible principal bidders are allowed so long as they are permitted under the sponsoring agreement between the Government and the specific FFRDC.
Navy laboratories and warfare centers as well as other Department of Defense and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this FOA and should not directly submit either white papers or full proposals in response to this FOA.
If any such organization is interested in the program described herein, the organization should contact ONR STEM Program Office, firstname.lastname@example.org , to discuss its area of interest.
As with FFRDCs, these types of Federal organizations may team with other responsible sources from academia, non-profits, and industry that are submitting proposals under this FOA.
University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are eligible to submit proposals under this FOA unless precluded from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contracts. Full Opportunity Web Address:Contact:
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2013-12-31Application Due Date: