The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has released a general research funding opportunity under new Broad Agency Announcement BAA-AFOSR-2012-0001. AFOSR priorities are organized into three scientific directorates: Aerospace, Chemical and Material Sciences (RSA); Physics and Electronics (RSE); and Mathematics, Information and Life Sciences (RSL).
RSL topics of interest include research that helps advance understanding of: biomarkers, bio-circuits, bioelectric and connection pathways involved with increasing performance capabilities; natural and synthetic processes, mechanisms and pathways for energy production in biosystems; fatigue and toxicology as they relate to performance decrement in the aviation environment; biomarkers and genetic changes associated with human performance decrement after the administration of toxicological agents; synthetic biological process as they relate to energy production in biosystems such as enzymatic and microbial fuel cells.
A wide range of RSA and RSE research topics and full application details are available under BAA-AFOSR-2012-0001.
In Fiscal Year 2011, AFOSR managed funding support for approximately 2,500 grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to about 400 academic institutions, non-profit organizations and industrial firms. Approximately $350M is available for support of actions awarded through this BAA process. Research proposals in the range of $200-400K per year are encouraged. Awards may be proposed for up to five years. The announcement remains open until superseded.