AFOSR BAA – FA9550-18-S-0003 (Air Force funding opportunity for university researchers)

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has released a BAA soliciting proposals for fundamental research in the U.S. Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program.

This opportunity is well suited for Ohio academic researchers with Air Force-relevant interests. Projects tend to be engineering, physics, and computation-based fundamental research (e.g. materials, sensing, data science). Awards are $200,000-$400,000 per year, typically 3 years. Both grants and cooperative agreements are possible. AFOSR has multiple active projects at Ohio institutions. Recent awards for Ohio researchers include:

  • Case Western Reserve University – $500,000 – Controlled Nanostructures of Atomically Thin 2D Oxides for Next Generation Functional Materials
  • Ohio State University – $295,000 – Powder Metallurgy/Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) of Bladed Disks for Short Life, Small Engine Applications
  • Ohio State University – $200,512 – The Application of Hot Isostatic Pressing of Ni-Base Superalloy Components for Critical Aerospace Applications
  • Ohio State University – $155,576 – Numerical Methods for Prediction and Discovery with Big Data

Additional note: Technically, for-profit businesses are eligible for awards, but historically, AFOSR has funded academic recipients almost exclusively. This BAA may not be the best fit for industrial/applied/commercial research and development.

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Solicitation Number: FA9550-18-S-0003

Eligibility: All qualified, responsible organizational applicants from academia, the non-profit sector, and industry are eligible to submit research proposals. This includes University Affiliated Research Centers unless precluded from submitting a proposal by their Department of Defense operating contract.

Submission Deadline: This opportunity will remain open until superseded.

Award Ceiling: Research proposals funded between $200,000 and $400,000 per year are encouraged.

Period of Performance: Most of awards are three (3) years in duration. Awards may be proposed for not more than five (5) years.

Focus: The program is focused on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific branches and multiple research activities within each branch:

Engineering and Information Sciences (RTA)

  • Dynamic Materials and Interactions
  • GHz-THz Electronics and Materials
  • 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
  • Test Science for Test and Evaluation

Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB)

  • Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Laser and Optical Physics
  • Optoelectronics and Photonics
  • Plasma and Electro-Energetic Physics
  • Quantum Electronic Solids
  • Quantum Information Sciences
  • Remote Sensing
  • Space Science
  • Ultrashort Pulse Laser-Matter Interactions

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