FY19 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy ROTC Cybersecurity Training Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The ONR seeks a broad range of applications 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. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will grow a capable and trained workforce with the skills to defend against emergent cyber and electronic warfare threats.

Funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the technical skills taught to university students enrolled in ROTC programs; these ROTC programs are not restricted to any particular Service.  While this is effort is targeted primarily toward students enrolled in ROTC programs it can also include civilian students.

Closing Date: Jun. 3, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Broad priority areas are as follows:


  • Advanced RF Electronics and Materials
  • Communications and Networking
  • Computational Methods for Decision Making
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Sensors and Sensor Processing
  • Machine Learning, Reasoning and Intelligence
  • Resource Optimization
  • Precision Navigation and Timekeeping

Eligibility Requirements

All responsible sources from academe may submit applications under this FOA.  Foreign entities will not be considered.



Amount Description

Under this STEM FOA competition, ONR intends each individual award will be up to a maximum of $250,000 per year, with one-year (1) option periods, for up to three (3) years total, subject to the availability of funds.  Applications for larger amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects addressing a larger community effort must consult with the Technical Point of Contact (POC) listed in Section II. G.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 3, 2020