Funding Opportunity: Office of Naval Research Releases New BAA for the Basic Research Challenge
On June 22, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a new broad agency announcement (BAA) for its Basic Research Challenge (BRC) program. The BRC Program was established to “competitively select and fund promising research programs in new areas not addressed by the current basic research portfolio. The program stimulates new, high-risk basic research projects that have naval relevance with the hope of attracting new investigators to the Office of Naval Research. The BRC program funds topics that foster leading-edge science with the ability to sponsor academic, non-profit, and industrial researchers.” The BRC will focus on four primary topic areas to call for proposals on research that may have relevance to the Navy. The four primary topic areas are:
- Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations – This topic area seeks “the discovery of algorithms based on randomized projections that reduce the effective dimensionality of the problem has reinvigorated numerical linear algebra research. The main objective of this BRC is to improve our mathematical understanding of randomized projections and develop a new set of computational tools to attack important and ubiquitous problems in data and physical sciences.”
- Levitated Optomechanics – This topic area seeks to “achieve the quantum ground state of a mechanical oscillator, which is critical for fully exploring new frontiers opened by levitated optomechanics. Within the last few years, preliminary theoretical and experimental investigations have uncovered a new frontier in the optical control of matter with implications for the foundations of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, high resolution sensing and metrology as well as quantum science.”
- Exploring Compositional Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys – This topic area seeks to “establish a foundational understanding of the multi-scale science of MPE structural alloys to include atomic ordering, local lattice distortions, dislocation structures and behaviors, and diffusion kinetics, phase transformations, and the mechanisms by which they influence the microstructures and properties of MPE alloys.”
- Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems – This topic area seeks to “develop methods with computational cost similar to stability analysis but with the power to provide a mathematically guaranteed assessment of mission performance for multibody control systems.”
- White Paper submissions are required to be eligible to participate in the full submission process for funding. The Topic Chiefs for each area are listed in the full BAA. White papers are due by email by August 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
- Navy Evaluations will be issued by email around September 22, 2017. Proposals that are identified to be of “particular value” to the Navy will be asked to submit a full proposal.
- Following feedback on the white papers, researchers will be required to submit full proposals. The deadline to submit full proposals by email is November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Total Funding and Award Size: ONR intends to award approximately $23.4 million under this BAA competition over the life of this Basic Research Challenge. The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the research topic area and the technical approach to be pursued by the Offeror selected.
Eligibility: The BRC is open to all sources from academia, including U.S. universities, industry, and the research community. Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs) are not eligible to receive awards. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are eligible to submit proposals under the BAA unless prohibited from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contract.
Sources and Additional Information:
- The complete BAA and other details are available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6e09f016efac02d831c8a509915668ce&tab=core&_cview=1.
- Additional background on the BRC program is available at https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Directorates/office-research-discovery-invention/Sponsored-Research/BRC.