The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global will launch the second round of the Global-X Challenge, a nine-month international science challenge worth up to $500K to encourage ground breaking research in Polar Science from all around the world. 


The purpose of the Global-X Challenge is to discover, disrupt, and ultimately provide a catalyst through basic and applied research for later development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the commercial marketplace, and the public.

ONR Global is interested in receiving white papers and proposals on the following challenge topics:

  • Alternate Navigation at High Latitude
  • High Latitude High Bandwidth Communications
  • Persistent Polar Perception


Researchers from academia and industry may participate. ONR Global expects, but does not require, that multi-national teams will consist of at least two research entities outside of the U.S., whether from academia, industry and/or the broad research community. Researchers from U.S. research entities may also participate, but are not required.

Important Dates

  • White Paper Submission: May 28, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Notification of White Paper Valuation: June 11, 2021, by 5 p.m. EDT
  • Full Proposal Submission: July 9, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Notification of Selection: Full Proposals: July 30, 2021, by 5 p.m. EDT
  • Grant Awards: Sept. 24, 2021, by 5 p.m. EDT

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