INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS >AOARD
Located in Tokyo, Japan, AOARD's mission is to integrate and support AFRL fundamental research with discoveries of emerging foreign science. AOARD's geographical area of responsibility includes Asia and Pacific Rim countries, to include India and Australia.
AOARD's primary focus is to discover and facilitate the discovery of world-class fundamental research relevant to Air Force needs. This is accomplished by three main programs:
Window-on-Science (WOS) Program
AOARD facilitates many technical interchange opportunities through our travel grant program called "Window-on-Science." Travel grants are provided to researchers from Asia, Australia or New Zealand to visit Air Force research organizations such as AFRL or AFOSR. Visits under this program are typically short term (3-10 days). The lead time required arranging a WOS visit is normally 45 days. The WOS visitor agrees to travel to the US, delivers a seminar, and engage in technical discussions with Air Force laboratory scientists. Upon return, the visitor will submit a written report describing the visit. The grant is paid upon receipt of the visit report. The grant is for a fixed dollar value, not for reimbursement of all travel expenses. Travel may be combined with non-WOS visits and the researcher is free to combine this grant with other travel support from other organizations.
Conference Support Program (CSP)
AOARD promotes technical interchange by supporting conferences and workshops in Asia and the Pacific Rim Region on topics of interest to the Air Force Research Laboratory. Proposed conferences and symposia should be beneficial to the science and technology communities of both the U.S. and Asia. Proposals which emphasize participation of the Air Force Research Laboratory are highly encouraged. Conference funding support can be provided for stand-alone events such as workshops or small conferences or for an individual session or symposia within a larger conference.
Research Grants and Contracts
AOARD accepts research proposals from scientists, universities and research institutions in Pacific Rim Countries and surrounding areas, in response to a general solicitation called AFOSR Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). AOARD Program Managers review the research proposal, and coordinates evaluation, approval and grant award.
How to contact AOARD
If you have any questions on the three programs, please send an email to AFOSR.AOARD@us.af.mil or call +81-3-5410-4409 (Japan).
Download the AOARD brochure for more information.