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Office of Naval Research offers $170k to Young Investigators

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY2011,have begun their first appointment on or after 01 November 2005, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals addressing research areas as described in the ONR Science and Technology (S&T) Department section of ONR’s website at which are of interest to ONR Program Officers and Division Directors will be considered. Contact information for each Division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website. Potential applicants may contact the appropriate Division Director, or the Program Officer who is the point-of-contact for a specific technical area, to discuss their research ideas. Brief informal pre-proposals may be submitted to facilitate these discussions. Such discussions can clarify the content and breadth of the priority research areas and enhance the match between a subsequent proposal and Department of the Navy research needs.

An individual wishing to apply for a Young Investigator award must submit a research proposal and a supporting letter through the appropriate university officials. ONR makes awards to institutions, not to individuals. The research proposal should follow the format described in BAA Section IV entitled, “Application and Submission Information.”

Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three (3) years. These funds may be budgeted against any reasonable costs related to the conduct of the proposed research, for example, salary for the Young Investigator, graduate student support, supplies, and operating expenses. Additional funds (beyond the basic $170,000 yearly amount) for capital equipment which enhances the Young Investigator’s proposed research may be requested for the first budget period, based on the needs of the research. Requesting funds for capital equipment will not decrease the probability of receiving an award; additional support for equipment will be decided separately from award selections and will depend upon availability of funds.

The basic $170,000 per year award can be supplemented through a “matching funds” enhancement available only to those receiving an ONR Young Investigator award. As an incentive for becoming involved with other Department of the Navy research activities, the Office of the Director of Research of ONR may match on a 1-for-1 basis, the first $25,000 of additional Department of the Navy funding which a successful applicant obtains each year to support additional, collaborative research with a Navy laboratory during the YIP award. Potential sources of research support eligible for the 1-for-1 match include Navy laboratories and ONR Program Officers. Thus, this “matching funds” clause can provide research support over and above the basic $170,000 per year award, e.g. to support an additional graduate student and an additional research task. A Young Investigator is not prohibited from receiving more than $25,000 from other Department of the Navy sources; however, the Office of the Director of Research will match on a 1-for-1 basis only the first $25,000 each year. Other Navy support eligible for matching funds can be arranged at any time and generally will not have been identified at the time of the initial award. ONR Program Officers will assist, upon request, Young Investigators in identifying potential collaborators at Navy laboratories. ONR Program Officers will also assist successful applicants who wish to seek support from other parts of the Department of the Navy in identifying individuals at other Navy organizations who may be interested in funding additional research by the Young Investigator.

Upon completion of the three (3) year award period, Young Investigators may apply to ONR for continued support under ONR’s regular research grant program. Decisions about continued funding outside the context of the YIP will be made following a review of the new proposal by the cognizant Program Officer, based on the merits of the proposal, ONR’s research priorities, and the creativity and productivity exhibited during the previous Young Investigator research program.

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