Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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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

 

Director/Detachment 14 Commander

Photo of Colonel Michelle Ewy, the Acting Director and Detachment 14 Commander of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Colonel Michelle Ewy is the Acting Director and Detachment 14 Commander of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Arlington, Va. 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, Virginia and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. In this role, Col. Ewy ensures the success of a $500 million/year basic research investment portfolio and the transition of resulting discoveries to other components of the Air Force Research Laboratory, to defense industries and to other federal agencies. The office's annual investment in basic research is distributed among roughly 200 leading academic institutions worldwide, 100 industry-based contracts, and more than 250 internal AFRL research efforts. Full Biography.

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.

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AFOSR: Funding Overview
Funding Opportunities

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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.

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Arlington Virginia, 22203
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