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Posted 10/9/2014 Printable Fact Sheet

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The Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development (SOARD) is the branch of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's International Office (AFOSR/IO) responsible for managing the AFOSR's basic research activity in Central and South America. Its mission is to serve as the U.S. Air Force liaison with the scientific and engineering communities of the region by supporting research goals of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through a variety of international programs. The main programs are:

  • Window-on-Science (WOS) Program -The WOS program facilitates AFRL/AFOSR policy to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between USAF researchers and foreign researchers. The program helps to sponsor visits of distinguished foreign scientific and technological personnel whose work is of interest or currently receiving funding support from AFRL/AFOSR. Please contact the Americas Program Manager via email at TheAmericas@afosr.af.mil for more information. 
  • Conference Support Program (CSP) - The Conference Support Program (CSP) provides financial support to technical conferences and workshops within SOARD's geographical area of responsibility. SOARD's goals is to provide sponsorship to Conferences, Workshops, or Seminars of specific interest to USAF Researchers. 

    As a condition of CSP support, SOARD requires AFRL/AFOSR participation with free conference registration for a negotiated number of attendees, copies of all conference materials and proceedings, and recognition of AFOSR support in conference literature. 
    If you have any questions, please contact the Americas Program Manager via email at TheAmericas@afosr.af.mil
  • Research Contracts and Grants Program -SOARD's Research Grant Program acts as seed money to initiate collaborations between scientists from Latin America and the Air Force Research Laboratory.  Initial grants are typically on the order of US$25,000 to US$35,000 per year from 1 to 3 years. Projects are selected based on specific interests as outlined in the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). There are usually more qualified projects than funds available to pay, therefore the program favors those projects most likely to be of interest to AFOSR program managers or Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientists. If you have any questions, please contact the Americas Program Manager via email at TheAmericas@afosr.af.mil

Foreign recipients of Conference Support (CSP) and Research Grants and Contracts must have a NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity (NCAGE) Code assigned before they can receive funding from the US government. If your organization does not already have a NCAGE assigned you may register here.

Please note that the NCAGE is tied to the payment process and it must be issued in the name of the organization that will receive payment and cash the check. 

You may proceed with submission of the proposal and provide the NCAGE when you are officially notified that the proposal will be funded. 

As you explore this website, you'll find a description of our international activities and our available services. For general inquiries about SOARD and its programs, send your email to TheAmericas@afosr.af.mil


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