The Ocean Sciences Directorate of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is a major sponsor of basic research and graduate education aimed at understanding the ocean environment. Funding support for proposals is provided to investigators on the basis of scientific merit, Navy relevance, programmatic interest, and cost of proposed research. Any scientists or institutions interested in ONR-funded research are advised to contact the appropriate ONR scientific officer Point of Contact (POC) about their research interests before submitting a proposal.
The appropriate POC can be found in the ONR Guide to Programs (request from ONR, Code 1 ISP, 800 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22217-5000). Ocean sciences programs include ocean technology, remote sensing, coastal sciences, research facilities (not a scientific program), meso- and large-scale physical oceanography, small-scale physical oceanography, marine meteorology, oceanic biology, oceanic chemistry, ocean optics, ocean acoustics, arctic sciences, and marine geology and geophysics. Each of these programs has one or more scientific officers to which the community can direct their scientific interest.