2020 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global Research Opportunity: Global-X Challenge

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326462
Opportunity Number: N00014-20-S-SN14
Opportunity Title: 2020 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global Research Opportunity: Global-X Challenge
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 12.300
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: All responsible sources from academia, industry and the research community may submit proposals under this BAA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for HBCUs/MIs, small businesses or other socio-economic participation. All businesses, both small and large, are encouraged to submit proposals and compete for funding consideration. Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this BAA. However, teaming arrangements between FFRDCs and eligible principal Offerors are allowed so long as such arrangements are permitted under the sponsoring agreement between the Government and the specific FFRDC. Navy laboratories, military universities and warfare centers as well as other Department of Defense and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this BAA and should not directly submit either white papers or full proposals in response to this BAA. If any such organization is interested in one or more of the programs described herein, the organization should contact an appropriate ONR Technical POC to discuss its area of interest. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA unless precluded from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contract. Teams are also encouraged and may submit proposals in any and all areas. However, Offerors must be willing to cooperate and exchange software, data and other information in an integrated program with other contractors, as well as with system integrators, selected by ONR.
Agency Code: DOD-ONR
Agency Name: Department of Defense
Office of Naval Research
Posted Date: Apr 21, 2020
Close Date: Jul 13, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 21, 2020
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
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Description: The purpose of this Global-X Challenge is to discover, disrupt, and ultimately provide a catalyst for later development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the commercial marketplace, and the public. The expected outcomes of this Global-X Challenge are promising revolutionary concepts whose technology maturity may be accelerated under separate agile follow-on technology development efforts.Objective:ONR Global is interested in promising concepts to achieve revolutionary capability advances with both military and commercial value in the multidisciplinary technology challenge areas described below. Specifically excluded are approaches that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or are already funded by existing research programs.ONR Global recognizes that international scientists and engineers conduct creative and novel research. This Global-X Challenge provides an opportunity for these international researchers to collaborate, generate revolutionary ideas and demonstrate these ideas will succeed. ONR Global invites outstanding international researchers to form multi-national, multidisciplinary teams to address one or more of these capability challenges. ONR Global will use existing online collaboration tools to help researchers to connect, collaborate and form teams. ONR Global will provide more information about collaboration forums during the Kick-off Webinar. Individual researchers may participate on more than one team. Teams are responsible for establishing nondisclosure agreements among team members, if necessary. All ONR Global and U.S. Federal employees are already covered by Federal laws requiring the protection of trade secrets and proprietary information. Researchers from academia and industry may participate. ONR Global expects, but does not require, that multi-national teams will consist of at least two research entities outside of the U.S., whether from academia, industry and/or the broad research community. Researchers from U.S. research entities may also participate, but are not required. As stated above, this Global-X Challenge is an opportunity specifically directed toward international researchers; therefore, ONR Global expects the majority of team members will be outside of the U.S. Each team shall designate a lead Principal Investigator (PI) whose research organization outside of the U.S. will submit the white paper or proposal, and that will distribute funding to co-PIs and other subrecipients. For a given project team, one award is made to the PI’s institution. Only the PI’s institution will be the prime awardee, and that institution is responsible for all aspects of the grant, including conditions on the use of funds and other terms and conditions of the grant.Teams must submit white papers describing their concept and approach by 23:59 EDT on 25 May 2020. ONR Global will evaluate submitted white papers and will invite teams with the most promising and revolutionary concepts, on or before 5 June 2020, to submit a grant proposal. Full proposals are due by 23:59 EDT on 13 July 2020. ONR Global will notify teams selected Special Notice N00014-20-S-SN14 Page 3 of 8 for award on or before 31 July 2020, and intends to award grants by 7 September 2020. Within eight months of grant award, ONR Global expects teams to demonstrate their concept will likely meet proposed objectives. The initial grant period of performance is expected to be nine months. Following a successful proof-of-concept demonstration, ONR Global may exercise the optional research effort for up to an additional nine months to continue concept development and testing. A final research progress report is required in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant. Financial and patent reports will also be required.*See Solicitation in attachments folder for full description*
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