• LOI: 03/06/2020
  • Proposal: 06/30/2020


  • Amount: up to $100,000 per year
  • Duration: 3 years


The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for the ONR Manufacturing Science (ManScience) program. The objective of this research opportunity is to support fundamental scientific research programs that will facilitate or enable advances in Naval manufacturing. Preference will be given to Naval-unique or Naval-centric topics that will develop a fundamental understanding of manufacturing processes and/or materials and thereby provide scientific understanding to support advances in the manufacturing technology of Naval components.

While the scientific foundations behind most present-day manufacturing technologies have long
been established, potential advances in current technologies as well as the development of new
manufacturing techniques often require a new scientific knowledge base to provide the
foundation for those processes to develop into viable and reliable manufacturing technologies.
The Manufacturing Science program addresses the need for fundamental research programs to
support these new and novel manufacturing technologies for the Navy.

Recent advances in computational modeling capabilities have facilitated the intelligent design of
new manufacturing capabilities, the models to predict their performance, and the experimental
strategies to best achieve them. These new predictive models can provide powerful benefits for
the development of new manufacturing technologies and the capabilities that can be achieved.

Program Objectives:
The objective of the Manufacturing Science program is to support fundamental scientific research
that will help facilitate or enable the advancement/development of manufacturing technologies for
Naval components. Research proposals are encouraged to include a modeling component to help
direct the research. The focus of the Manufacturing Science program is on Naval manufacturing,
preference will be given to Naval-unique or Naval-centric topics. This program has three primary
potential focus areas:

• Fundamental research programs needed to support significant advances in current Naval
manufacturing technologies,

• Fundamental research programs supporting new or developing Naval manufacturing
technologies, or

• Fundamental research programs to design/optimize the materials used in Naval
manufacturing technologies.

Proposers are encouraged to submit research topics within these broad categories that satisfy the
program descriptions listed. Some examples of manufacturing technologies and related topics
which may have a Naval relevance are large-scale additive manufacturing, surface finishing of
additively manufactured components, superior properties arising from additive manufacturing,
Naval alloy development for additive manufacturing (i.e., 5083 equivalent), metamorphic
manufacturing, and other new manufacturing techniques/technologies. This list is not
comprehensive; novel ideas of other manufacturing processes and materials of interest to the
Navy are encouraged.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

White papers are required and must be submitted via email to no later than March 6, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET.

Contact Information

Questions about technical nature and/or funding should be submitted to:

Dr. Richard W. Fonda
Title: Manufacturing Science Program Manager
Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph Street Arlington
VA 22203-1995