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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Got Innovation? Share it With Office of Naval Research Decision Makers

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Beginning July 31, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will be accepting ideas and pitches for technology projects and displays for the 2012 Naval Science and Technology (S&T) Partnership Conference.

Registered attendees now can request one-on-one Pitch a Principal meetings with ONR decision makers to discuss concepts for collaboration and technology development.

To participate, interested presenters must complete an online form located on the conference website by Sept. 14. Submissions only will be accepted online, and all applicants will be notified by Sept. 28 with the status of their submissions. Those with accepted abstracts will be contacted to schedule in-person meetings with a relevant ONR principal.

Pitch a Principal is a signature event at the biennial conference. The meetings provide an opportunity for members of outside organizations to speak candidly and privately with ONR subject matter experts and research portfolio managers about S&T initiatives.

Requests should be centered on one of the conference's nine topical areas: autonomy and unmanned systems; assure access to maritime battle space; information dominance; expeditionary and irregular warfare; power projection and integrated defense; platform design and survivability; power and energy; warfighter performance; and total ownership cost.

Each pitch will be reviewed by ONR program officers. Submitted abstracts with the most merit, best chance of success or closest alignment with ONR objectives and current initiatives will be selected for follow up.

Additionally, attendees can submit concepts for display at the conference's poster session. Submissions must be made online by Sept. 14, and all applicants will be contacted regarding their requests by Sept. 28. Those that are accepted will be invited to showcase their posters in the exhibit hall on the evening of Oct. 22.

ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,065 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

To register for the event-which will be held Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.-and sign up for the Pitch a Principal and poster sessions, visit

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