Air Force Seeks Research Proposals from Industry and Academia
The service looks to spur innovation with its $100 million Broad Agency Agreement.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is soliciting proposals for fundamental research. With a total funding ceiling of $100 million and an award floor of $3,000, the office’s latest Broad Agency Agreement seeks proposals from higher education institutions and the industry—including small businesses—related to innovative efforts in engineering and information science, and physical and biological sciences.
Located in Arlington, Virginia, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), coordinates the basic research program of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in conjunction with the lab and the Air Force.
The effort encompasses more than 40 topic areas, which for information science, includes: computational cognition and machine intelligence; computational mathematics; dynamics and control; dynamic data and information processing; information assurance and cybersecurity; optimization and discrete mathematics; science of information, computation, learning and fusion; trust and influence; complex networks; and cognitive and computational neurosciences.
For engineering research, the AFOSR is seeking proposals related to: dynamic materials; electronics and materials for gigahertz and terhertz applications; energy, combustion and non-equilibrium thermodynamics; unsteady aerodynamics and turbulent flows; high-speed aerodynamics; low-density materials; multiscale structural mechanics and prognosis; space propulsion and power; and agile science of test and evaluation, among other areas.
“As a part of AFRL, our technical experts discover, shape and champion research within AFRL, universities and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs,” AFOSR stated. “Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, our research managers seek to foster revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant and commercially valuable products. To accomplish this task, we solicit proposals for basic research through this general Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) outlining the U.S. Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program.”
The BAA “remains open until superseded,” AFOSR indicated. “We will review and evaluate proposals as they are received. You may submit proposals at any time; however, some specific topic instructions may recommend submission by specific dates that align with funding expectations."