The Air Force Office of Scientific Research
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), located in Arlington, Va., continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's mission is to discover, shape, and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force.
AFOSR invests in long-term, broad-based research into aerospace-related science and engineering. To accomplish this, AFOSR has formed a strong, productive alliance with other government agencies, industry and the academic community. About 70 percent of the research is conducted in academia and industry and the remaining 30 percent is conducted within AFRL. AFOSR's investment in basic research programs is distributed to about 230 academic institutions, 230 contracts with industry and more than 230 internal AFRL research efforts.
With a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in Santiago, London and Tokyo, AFOSR is charged with maintaining the technological superiority of the Air Force. Each year AFOSR selects, sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research relevant to Air Force needs.
The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in scientific directorates.
Dynamical Systems and Control Division
Leads the discovery and development of the fundamental and integrated science that advances future air and space flight.
Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes Division
Leads the discovery and transition of foundational physical science to enable air, space, and cyber power.
Information, Decision and Complex Networks Division
Leads the discovery and development of advancement in space situational awareness, autonomy, and cyber for the U.S. Air Force.
Complex Materials and Devices Division
Leads the discovery and development of the fundamental and integrated science that provides novel options that increase operational flexibility and performance of systems and environments of relevance to the U.S. Air Force.
Energy, Power and Propulsion Division
Leads the discovery and development of innovative fundamental science addressing a broad spectrum of energy-related issues.
AFOSR has funded more than 60 years of critical basic research efforts for the Air Force. Many of the technological breakthroughs enjoyed by millions today, such as lasers, GPS, and the computer mouse trace their scientific roots to research first funded by AFOSR and many others can be found in all of today's modern aircraft and weapons systems, including the F-117 stealth fighter, B-2 bomber, C-17 airlifter and the F-22 fighter.
AFOSR - Today's Breakthrough Science for Tomorrow's Air Force
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
875 North Randolph Street, Suite 325, Room 3112,
Arlington, VA., 22203-1768