As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's technical experts foster and fund research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs.
To accomplish this task, AFOSR solicits proposals for research through various Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) as well as various other programs outlined below.
Broad Agency Announcements
Broad Agency Announcements are used to communicate the needs and interests of AFOSR. AFOSR keeps specific requirements of each BAA up-to-date on Grants.gov, the United States government's one source to find and apply for federal grants. See the latest BAAs.
The Scientific and Technology Departments of AFOSR, Business Integration Department (RP), the International Office (IO), and three overseas detachments, AOARD and EOARD and SOARD, are responsible for the management of several programs that improve science and engineering education in the U.S., and stimulate interactions between Air Force researchers and the broader international, as well as domestic, research community. Applications for these programs do not always require proposals but generally have specific deadlines, formats, and qualifications. Researchers applying for these programs should communicate with the point-of-contact (POC) listed in each program description.
AFOSR provides support for research and education through the following unique programs: The Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program, the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR); and the University Research Initiative (URI) Program. Other support deemed appropriate by AFOSR, such as conferences and workshops, may also be available.
University Research Initiative (URI) Programs
The URI programs are executed under the policy guidance of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Research, to enhance universities' capabilities to perform basic science and engineering research and related education in science and engineering areas critical to national defense.