News Release

Best and brightest: ONR's 2019 Young Investigators

Grant and Award Announcement

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.--Today, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recognized 25 awardees of the 2019 Young Investigator Program (YIP). These recipients will share $16.5 million in funding to conduct naval-relevant scientific research with direct benefits for Sailors and Marines.

"To meet the demand signal from the National Defense Strategy, we must attract the best and brightest minds to work on naval warfighting challenges. The Young Investigator Program does just that, and I'm honored to announce the recipients for 2019," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David Hahn. "Since 1985, this program has attracted outstanding scientists and engineers from across academia to support our Navy and Marine Corps--and in this era of great power competition, that is more important than ever before."

The ONR YIP is a highly competitive program in which academic achievements and potential for scientific breakthroughs are major factors in the evaluation process. The winning candidates were selected from more than 260 applicants--all of whom are college and university faculty and obtained a PhD within the past seven years.

Awardees represent 23 academic institutions nationwide, supporting efforts related to aerodynamics, autonomy, energetics, power and energy, machine learning, sensing and sensors, quantum materials and undersea-breathing technologies. The YIP awards support laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, as well as other expenses critical to ongoing and planned research. Typical grants range between $500,000 to $750,000 over a three-year period.

Established in 1985, the ONR YIP is one of the nation's oldest and most selective basic research early career awards in science and technology. Its purpose is to fund tenure-track academic researchers, or equivalent, whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development.

View the list of 2019 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator awardees at


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