Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  AFOSR - Today's Breakthrough Science for Tomorrow's Air Force Research Areas Funding Opportunities Events and Conferences International Enterprise Apply for a grant Submit a report Share Your Stories  

AFOSR 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 support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace.

AFOSR accomplishes its mission by investing in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas. Central to AFOSR's strategy is the transfer of the fruits of basic research to industry, the supplier of Air Force acquisitions; to the academic community which can lead the way to still more accomplishment; and to the other directorates of AFRL that carry the responsibility for applied and development research leading to acquisition.

More details about how AFOSR accomplishes it's mission can be found in the Technical Strategic Plan

AFOSR Director

 
Dr. Frederica Darema is Director for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), where she guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. Dr. Darema leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. View Dr. Darema's full biography here.
 

About AFOSR

 

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) currently distributes its basic research program investment through 1,200 grants at over 200 leading academic institutions worldwide, 100 industry-based contracts, and more than 250 internal AFRL research efforts.

With its staff of highly trained scientists and engineers, AFOSR manages the Air Force basic research program via three key partnerships.

  • The University Connection: Academia provides much of the backbone for our nation's technological progress while performing the bulk of the basic research. In addition to providing a prolific source of new knowledge and ideas, university research offers an exceptional training ground for developing and mentoring future scientists and advancing our national defense and economic security.
  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program: The primary objective of the STTR program is to involve small businesses in Air Force-relevant defense research and to enable them to commercialize innovative technologies for the advancement of U.S. economic competitiveness. Specifically, the STTR program is designed to provide incentive for small companies, academic institutions, and nonprofit research institutions (including federally funded research and development centers) to transfer technical ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.
  • Air Force Intramural Research: AFOSR works closely with the other AFRL Technical Directorates to nurture and support quality research and, where advantageous, integrate intramural and external research efforts to transition the latest basic research discoveries to follow-on levels in the research and development chain.
To find and fund revolutionary science, AFOSR solicits research proposals through a Broad Agency Announcement that outlines the Air Force Defense Research Sciences program supporting nearly forty major research areas.

The following are AFOSR brochures you can download for more information:  
 

Doing Business With AFOSR

  We discover, shape, and champion basic research that profoundly impacts the future Air Force. 

AFOSR: Funding Overview
Funding Opportunities

Apply for a grant
AFOSR keeps specific requirements of each BAA up to date on Grants.gov. Click here to access the Grants.gov search. You can search the site by typing organization name into the keyword field or using CFDA numbers 12.800, 12.630, and 12.910.

Manage your grant
Submit annual reports, technical reports and more online.

Share your stories
Tell us about the research you're doing or see in the news.

Visit AFOSR
Visitor Resources

 

Reviews and Workshops

  To view the latest list of events and register online, please click here.
 
 
Facebook Twitter
Researchers have used the ancient art of kirigami to manipulate light at the nanoscale. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) MIT Mechanical Engineering #BasicResearch #ArtofScience #Origami #Nanotechnology
Congratulations to Professor Evelyn Wang! Evelyn Wang, director of MIT’s Device Research Laboratory and AFOSR PI, has been named head of MIT Mechanical Engineering. AFOSR PO: Dr. Ali Sayir, Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments #AFOSRYIP
#FundingFriday Research proposals are sought for the new Computational Social Sciences program. This portfolio aims at developing new approaches, methods and tools to model socio-cultural dynamics at unprecedented levels of detail in agent strategies, interacting within complex and dynamic networks, physical and socio-economic. Research should leverage or advance the state of the art in one or more fields, such as mathematics, computer science, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and anthropology, towards the construction of accurate numerical models of behavior. Visit page 31 of our new BAA to learn more. Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL #BasicResearch #SocialScience #NewProgram
#FacesofBasicResearch AFOSR POs Dr. Grace Metcalfe and Dr. Tatjana Curcic recently co-hosted a three day program review for the Atomic and Molecular Physics and Quantum Information Science programs, in Arlington, VA. The review included engaging poster sessions. Thank you to all who participated! (Photos: Cherie Cullen) #AirForce Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL #BasicResearch
#TuesdayTrivia This AFOSR supported researcher won a Nobel Prize in Economics (shared with Vernon L. Smith) for “having integrated insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgement and decision-making under uncertainty.” A: Edward C. Prescott B: Leonid Hurwicz C: Daniel Kahneman D: Elinor Ostrom Hint: his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” was published in 2011. Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL #BasicResearch #Economics Princeton University #EconomicPsychology
#ArtofScience Today is the last day to vote for your favorite #science and #engineering visualizations in this year's #Vizzies challenge. (Deadline to vote: July 8, 2018 by 11:59pm EST) National Science Foundation (NSF) Popular Science #SciArt
United States Air Force Week in Photos | The sun sets behind an Australian F-35A Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 27, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham) View all of this week’s photos at #AirForce" target="_blank">https://go.usa.gov/xUjGT #AirForce</a>
#FacesofBasicResearch Dr. Ken Goretta recently hosted the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)/AFOSR 2018 Radiation Damage Effects in Electronics and MEMS program review. During the review, Professor Vanessa Sih, from the University of Michigan, discussed her work on “Spin-Polarized Silicon Photonic and Electronic Interconnects” and Professor Saptarshi Das, from Penn State, discussed his work on “A Novel Approach to Study Radiation Effect on Two Dimensional Layered Materials. #BasicResearch
Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL will be at the The University of Utah next week to hear ideas for future United States Air Force technology solutions. #AF2030: https://www.afresearchlab.com
Happy Birthday America! We wish everyone a happy & safe 4th of July! #IndependenceDay #July4 &#127482;&#127480;
#TuesdayTrivia From 2007 to 2012, this Harvard University researcher led the way in what could become the next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles (MAVs) for the United States Air Force. #AirForce #BasicResearch #Robotics #AFOSRYIP A: Dr. Joanna Aizenberg B: Dr. Robert Wood C: Dr. Markus Greiner D: Dr. Tobais Ritter
#MondayMotivation from Rusty Schweickart, Former NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut #Science #BasicResearch #Grants (Source: BrainyQuote)
Secretary of the United States Air Force Heather Wilson will be the keynote speaker at today’s Science and Technology 2030 Forum at Texas A&M University. Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL will live stream the event at 3:30 EST / 2:30 CST. #AF2030
#FundingFriday Our new BAA is available on Grants.gov! To find and fund revolutionary science, we invite research proposals through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that includes nearly forty major research areas. Interested in funding for your innovative research ideas? Click the link below to get started. Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL #BasicResearch #BasicScience #Grants
Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL is at Texas A&M University this week— listening for great ideas for the future of hypersonics, military medicine, space situational awareness and more. #BasicResearch #AppliedResearch #AF2030
AFRL scientists are using #origami techniques and humidity in the air to create soft robots that can generate signals without using electricity. The research is supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate and AFOSR. #BasicResearch #SoftRobots Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio PNAS #ArtofScience
In today’s “General Cooley Reads the Mail,” Maj. General Bill Cooley, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, answers inquiries related to Amazon-like warehouse robots, uniforms, and AFOSR’s basic and applied research efforts in social science. As Cooley mentions, we do currently fund basic research in social science— through the Trust and Influence program. We’re excited to announce our new BAA will be available soon, which includes additional research areas in social science. #AirForce #BasicResearch #SocialScience #FundingFriday #AF2030
The United States Air Force is ready to listen to your ideas on how to continue our technological advantage and meet the national security challenges of 2030 and beyond. Share your ideas with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL at #BasicResearch #AppliedResearch #TBT #ForceoftheFuture #AF2030" target="_blank">https://www.afresearchlab.com/2030 #BasicResearch #AppliedResearch #TBT #ForceoftheFuture #AF2030</a>
Last year, a team of researchers at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (USA) designed a tiny computer chip to help honeybee-sized drones navigate. The team has now built an even smaller chip with a focus on reducing power consumption and increasing processing speed. The research was supported by the AFOSR Young Investigator Research program (PO: DR. Tristan Nguyen) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). #BasicResearch #AFOSRYIP
RT @AFSpace: Here’s the answer for this morning’s #TriviaTuesday question! Was the Defense Support Program on your radar??? #SpaceFact http…
RT @AFResearchLab: Getting to your dream destination can be arduous, but in the end worth it. Being able to break the sound-barrier definit…
#TuesdayTrivia Which of these are known basic research challenges of hypersonic flight? @AFResearchLab #BasicResearch #Hypersonics #physics
RT @NASA: During our past 60 years of existence, we’ve advanced our understanding of @NASASolarSystem and beyond by continually asking “Wha…
Yann LeCun, Silver Professor @nyutandon and @facebook’s Chief AI Scientist, suggests experts should divide their ti… https://t.co/KTQ31Q8dF1
Inspired by #origami— six new innovations made possible by the mathematical principles of origami… https://t.co/75eNRHuNsL
RT @DARPA: Engineers at @UCSanDiego have a new way to generate light! It works by tunneling electrons through a tiny barrier in a nano-size…
An F-15E Strike Eagle with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flies near a rainbow over… https://t.co/LEBolJX7Nv
RT @AirmanMagazine: Dr. Richard J. Joseph is the Chief Scientist of the @usairforce. He serves as the chief scientific adviser to @GenDaveG
#FundingFriday Research proposals are sought for the FY19 @DeptofDefense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the… https://t.co/bBGRpRhfqd
RT @AFResearchLab: What if #robots were built smaller, softer, and more flexible? We continue our tour of ideas with a stop at @wyssinstitu
RT @KattyMaldo: Great work by one of our leading researchers in Chile Neuromorphic research team Dr Claudio Hetz. His article published in…
RT @DARPA: Fun fact: DARPA-funded research led to the development of tiny accelerometers that enable so many of the applications on modern…
RT @NBCNewsMACH: 6 ways the ancient art of origami is bringing us the future https://t.co/ZokCbfl0a9 https://t.co/u5r3L6thcD
Professor Schwartzentruber recently presented his research findings at the 2018 Joint High-Speed Aerodynamics and H… https://t.co/ORz4vTiLfK
What happens when you're flying at hypersonic speeds? Professor Thomas Schwartzentruber, Aerospace Engineering & Me… https://t.co/uAbCnfayOK
RT @DoolittleInst: Are you a scientist or engineer investigating sensors, networked communication systems, or signal and image processing?…
RT @UTSA_PhyAst: Congratulations to our very own Dr. Arturo Ayón, who is selected for the Defensive University Research Instrumentation Pro…
         

Get AFORS email updates
 AFRL logo

Contact Us

For media inquiries, please contact:
88 ABW Public Affairs
88abw.pa@us.af.mil
(937) 522-3252

For FOIA requests, please contact:
(703) 696-9743

For all other inquiries please contact:
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
875 N. Randolph, Ste.325
Arlington Virginia, 22203
Email: info@us.af.mil
Phone: 703-696-7797