Initial submissions must be a white paper.
Funding Call 1 (of 2) will occur from the public release of this FOA until 3 January 2017. White paper pre-proposals submitted under these dates will be considered for FY17 funding potential.
Funding Call 2 (of 2) will occur from 1 May 2017 to 31 August 2017. White paper pre-proposals will be considered for FY18 funding potential.
The ONR seeks a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skills. Projects must aim to increase student engagement in STEM and persistence of students in STEM degrees, while improving student technical capacity. ONR encourages proposals to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why students choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.
Funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward the future and current Dept. of Navy STEM workforce in High School, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Efforts may encompass a spectrum of project scales:
Develop and implement exploratory pilot projects that seek to create new educational experiences within educational systems. Projects must engage STEM topics that are applicable to anticipated naval S&T workforce needs. Implementation scale may vary from small to moderate in design but must have an evident plan to impact the proposed audience target.
Develop cohesive STEM educational activities that strengthen the capacity of communities and stakeholders to improve STEM education. Projects seeking to address this scale are expected to involve multiple stakeholders within a defined community and have evidence supporting the proposed work. Anticipated results and naval relevance must be clearly articulated and indicate a major change within the targeted educational community.
Establish meeting of stakeholders that must seek to connect relevant people and organizations across sectors (e.g., educational entities, government (federal, state, and local as appropriate), private industry, nonprofits, and others) to explicitly develop broader projects for impacting entire communities. Any proposed meeting is expected to produce an actionable project as a result.