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
Dr. Shery Welsh, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Arlington, Virginia. In this role she leads the management of the United States Air Force’s global basic research investment. AFOSR has a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington and foreign technology offices in London, England, Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile. Dr. Welsh ensures the success of a nearly $500 million/year basic research investment portfolio and the transition of resulting discoveries to other components of the Air Force Research Laboratory, defense industries and other DOD components. AFOSR’s annual investment in basic research is distributed among roughly 300 academic institutions worldwide, 100 industry-based contracts, and more than 250 internal AFRL research efforts. Full biography.
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.
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