Research Interest of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Jurisdiction: Federal
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Technology, Research
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
What’s it worth?: $3,000 – $80,000,000

The Research Interest of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research program funds research within the Air Force Research Laboratory, universities, and industrial laboratories to ensure Air Force needs are met. These efforts allow the Air Force and U.S. industry to efficiently produce world-class, military significant, and commercially valuable products.

Applications do not need to contain proprietary information to be considered for funding. Applications may be submitted at any time; however this program does most of its awards during the fall of each year. This program does not fund direct reimbursement of proposal development costs.

Qualifying projects fall into the Engineering and Information Science (RTA) category or the Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB) category. Project research areas include but are not excluded to:

  • Aerothermodynamics
  • Dynamic Materials and Interactions
  • Energy and Combustion Sciences
  • GHz-THz Electronics
  • Low Density Materials
  • Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis
  • Optoelectronics and Photonics
  • Space Power and Propulsion
  • Test Science for Test and Evaluation
  • Turbulence and Transition
  • Complex Networks
  • Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems
  • Information Operations and Cybersecurity
  • Optimization and Discrete Mathematics
  • Science of Information, Computation and Fusion
  • Systems and Software
  • Trust and Influence

A complete list of research areas can be found on the website. The main goal of this program is to create revolutionary scientific breakthroughs with high payoff science. $260 million is available for allocation with typical awards ranging between $200-400K per year and approximately 1,600 grants awarded. Terms may be proposed for up to five years.

The application packet can be obtain from the website. Participants are encouraged to contact the program officer to discuss proposal prior to submission. Proposals must follow proper format and may be submitted electronically or through the mail; however, electronic submissions are highly encouraged.