AFOSR - Funding Opportunities - Special Programs

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program
 
Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) 
 
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)  




HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND MINORITY INSTITUTIONS (HBCU/MI) PROGRAM

AFOSR HBCU/MI program consists of two main components:

AFOSR Core Research. Research proposals from HBCU/MI are reviewed by AFOSR Program Officers as part of their core program and may be funded from funds set aside by the AFOSR Director.

Department of Defense Infrastructure Support Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions. The DoD has been providing grants for research and educational equipment at HBCU/MI. This program is administered by the Army Research Office, in collaboration with the AFOSR. Schools interested in this program should look for the Broad Agency Announcement that is usually published in the Fall of each year in the ARO webpage.

Click here to search for other AFOSR opportunities on Grants.gov.
 
Contact: 
Mr. Edward Lee
Tele: (703) 696-7318
DSN: 426-7318
FAX: (703) 696-7320
Email: HBCUMI@us.af.mil   

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YOUNG INVESTIGATOR RESEARCH PROGRAM (YIP)

The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.

Individual awards will be made to U.S. institutions of higher education, industrial laboratories or non-profit research organizations where the principal investigator is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; employed on a full-time basis and hold a regular position. Researchers working at the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and DoD Laboratories will not be considered for the YIP competition. Each award will be funded at the $120K level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.

Contact:
Ellen D. Montgomery
(703) 588-8527
DSN 425-8527
FAX: (703) 696-8450
Email: afosryip@us.af.mil  
 

 

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    SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROGRAM (STTR)

    Description:
    The primary objective of the AF STTR program is to involve small businesses in AF-relevant defense research, and enable them to commercialize their innovative technologies for the advancement of U.S. economic competitiveness. Specifically, the STTR Program is designed to provide an incentive for small companies, academic institutions, and non-profit research institutions, including federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDC), to work together to move emerging technical ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

    Each STTR proposal must be submitted by a team that includes a small business (as the prime contractor for contracting purposes) and at least one academic or non-profit research institution, which have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for the proposed effort. The STTR has two phases: Phase I efforts are up to $100,000 for a period not to exceed one year; and Phase II projects are two year efforts for amounts up to $750,000.

    Get more information about the program at the AF STTR website.

    Similarities to SBIR
    AFOSR has no SBIR program but we do have a very active STTR Program. For those of you not familiar with it, STTR was established as a companion program to the SBIR Program, and is executed in essentially the same manner; however, there are several distinct differences which are summarized below:

    While STTR has the same objectives as SBIR, regarding the involvement of small businesses in federal R&D and the commercialization of their innovative technologies, the STTR Program also provides a mechanism for participation by universities, federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and other non-profit research institutions. Specifically, the STTR Program is designed to provide an incentive for small companies, and researchers at academic institutions and non-profit research institutions, to work together to move emerging technical ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace, to foster high-tech economic development and to advance U.S. economic competitiveness. Each STTR proposal must be submitted by a team which includes a small business (as the prime contractor for contracting purposes) and at least one research institution, which have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for the purposes of the STTR effort. Furthermore, the project must be divided such that the small business performs at least 40% of the work and the research institution(s) performs at least 30% of the work. The remainder of the work may be performed by either party or a third party. Please note that the primary Principle Investigator may be either from the small business or the non-profit research institution.

    STTR moves through the same two-phase process which SBIR uses. The STTR Phase I effort are for $60,000 to $100,000 for a period not to exceed one year. Phase II STTR projects are 24 month efforts for amounts up to $500,000 through FY02 for FY03 and later they are $750,000 (vs. $750,000 in SBIR). Complete details on the DoD SBIR/STTR program as well as current programs solicitations, forms required, and contracting guidance can be found at the DoD SBIR & STTR Programs web site and at the Air Force SBIR/STTR web site.

    Links for More Information
    Links are provided for information only and do not imply any official endorsement of those sites by AFOSR.

    Information for Phase I & II Contractors: Reporting and Technical Information: Business and Contracting Information: Regulations SBIR/STTR Sites Certifications and Representations  NOTE: In addition to completing the Applicable Certifications above, all contractors must comply with the On-line Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) requirement effective January 1, 2005. Consult the ORCA web site above under the heading "Information for Phase I & II Contractors" in order to fulfill this requirement. This requirement does not apply to grantees.

    Contact:
    Mr. Raheem Lawal
    AFOSR/RTE
    Tele: (703) 696-7313
    DSN: 426-7313
    FAX: (703) 696-8450
    Email: STTR@us.af.mil 

     

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