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From robotics to lasers: Young investigators bring big promise, get big awards

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Office of Naval Research today announced awards of $16 million through its 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards were made to 33 scientists whose research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas.

"I am especially pleased to announce the Young Investigator Program recipients for 2017," said Dr. Larry Schuette, ONR's director of research. "For 32 years, this program has attracted the highest-quality researchers from across academia. It remains fiercely competitive and we are fortunate to have these top scientists working on behalf of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps."

This year's candidates were selected from over 360 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit, potential scientific breakthrough and long-term university commitment. All are college and university faculty who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years.

Awardees represent 25 academic institutions nationwide, in disciplines ranging from robotics and lasers to nanomaterials and autonomous navigation. The YIP awards support laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies. Typical grants are $510,000 over a three-year period.

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Introduced in 1985, the ONR YIP is one of the nation's oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs. Its purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers -- called investigators -- whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development.

View the list of 2017 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator awardees.

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