Funding Opportunity Announcement from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps FY2016 for the HEL-JTO High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (HEL-MRI) Program

Funding Opportunity ID: 285571
Opportunity Number: N00014-16-R-FO13
Opportunity Title: Funding Opportunity Announcement from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps FY2016 for the HEL-JTO High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (HEL-MRI) Program
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: A. Proposals may be submitted only by U.S. universities with degree-granting programs in science and/or engineering. Ineligible organizations (e.g., industry, DoD laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and foreign universities) may collaborate on the research. Eligible universities may submit proposals either individually or collectively, as consortia. Proposing universities may establish research collaborations with industry or FFRDCs. This measure allows universities the ability to access relevant experience outside of academia. Costs for industry and/or FFRDC participation can be covered by sub-award of HEL-MRI funds and/or by funds otherwise available to them. The main purpose of this initiative is to support university research; hence it is expected that award funds will remain vested substantially with the university, at least fifty-one percent (51%). DoD laboratories can team with the universities to conduct the research but cannot receive HEL-MRI funds awarded via this funding opportunity announcement. Proposals involving multiple organizations must name one principal investigator at a university as the responsible technical point-of contact. This university will be the primary awardee for purposes of award execution. The relationship among the research team members and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment (i.e., subaward by the primary awardee) of funds must be described in both the proposal text and budget.
B. All responsible sources from academia and industry may submit proposals under this FOA. 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 FOA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation, due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable items of this research for exclusive competition among such entities.
C. FFRDCs, including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this FOA. 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.
D. Navy laboratories and warfare centers as well as other DoD and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this FOA and shall not directly submit full proposals in response to this FOA. 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. The various scientific divisions of ONR are identified at As with FFRDCs, these types of federal organizations may team with other responsible sources from academia and industry that are submitting proposals under this FOA.
E. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are eligible to submit proposals under this FOA unless precluded from doing so by their DoD UARC contract.

F. 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.
G. Offerors should be aware of recent changes in export control laws. Offerors are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) requirements as found in 22 CFR §120 et. seq. In some cases, developmental items funded by the DoD are now included on the United States Munition List (USML) and are therefore subject to ITAR jurisdiction. Offerors should address in their proposals whether ITAR restrictions apply or do not apply, such as in the case when research products would have both civil and military application, to the work they are proposing to perform under this FOA. The USML is available online at Additional information regarding the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative can be found at
H. Cost sharing is not expected and will not be used as a factor during the merit review of any proposal hereunder. However, the Government may consider voluntary cost sharing if proposed.

Agency Code: DOD-ONR
Agency Name: Department of Defense
Office of Naval Research
Posted Date: Jun 29, 2016
Close Date: Aug 29, 2016
Last Updated Date: Jun 29, 2016
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $66,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: This FOA HEL-MRI will be executed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) High Energy Laser – Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO). The ONR is interested in receiving proposals for basic research relating to the following thrust areas: Thrust Area #1: Next Generation High Energy Laser Technologies Thrust Area #2: High-Power Propagation through Deep Turbulence Thrust Area #3: Next Generation Beam Combination Techniques Thrust Area #4: Modeling of the Lower Atmosphere Thrust Area #5: Low Stress Coatings for HEL Deformable Mirrors Thrust Area #6: Materials Development for High Energy Laser Systems See FOA for specifics within Thrust Area’s
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