The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) is set to launch an international science challenge to fund research programmes that have potentiality to resolve US Navy and Marine Corps requirements.

The nine-month long challenge is named Global-X and has up to $750,000 in financial grants.

Under the challenge, ONR Global will select and fund international research projects in three challenge areas through a competitive process.

The challenge topics are tailored material and manufacturing, multifunctional maritime films for persistent and survivable platforms and warfighters, as well as object detection and identification in any medium (air, water, sand/earth).

ONR Global seeks to encourage multidisciplinary research ideas that carry military and commercial value.

ONR Global executive officer captain Matt Farr said: “The objective of Global-X is to accelerate revolutionary research, bridging the gap between the science community’s academic work and warfighter needs.

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“Implementing a multi-national team challenge will enable ONR Global to engage the world’s best researchers to create and demonstrate a new capability that has never been done before. This will undoubtedly benefit all team members.”

Global-X will be kicked off officially later this week when interested applicants will be able to register themselves.

ONR Global technical director Dr Rhett Jefferies said: “I’m excited about our Global-X Challenge and its tremendous potential for sparking new ideas and collaborating in a way that has never been done before.

“ONR Global has worked with the brightest minds in the world for decades, and now we have the chance to help these experts connect with each other to explore what is possible in ways they may not have imagined within their own disciplines.”

ONR is a US Navy organisation that facilitates science and technology programmes. The global arm supports scientific efforts outside of the US.

Recently, ONR awarded $14m in grants to 26 selected candidates under the 2020 Young Investigator Program (YIP).