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On February 9th, we welcomed Ed Lee and United States Air Force Colonel Jason Mello to sit down with us and talk about AFOSR’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions program – most commonly referred to as HBCU/MI.

For those who are new to our blog or just joining us, AFOSR is the basic research arm of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), supporting the United States Air Force and United States Space Force. Managing 1,200+ grants worldwide, AFOSR engages in diversity of thought with universities and AFRL labs, leading to breakthrough innovations: to learn more about our technology areas click HERE.

Moving right along now, let’s introduce you to our subject matter experts (SMEs), United States Air Force Col Jason Mello, AFOSR Chief, Science and Engineering Division, and Mr. Ed Lee, AFOSR Program Coordinator for the HBCU/MI #BasicResearch portfolio.

AFOSR solicits and funds research to solve the Air Force and Space Force’s biggest and sometimes unknown future challenges – it’s competitive! AFOSR’s HBCU/MI program seeks to enhance research and educational capabilities; encourage the participation of institutions in research, development, testing, and evaluation in the Agile Science of Test and Evaluation; increase the number of graduates; and encourage research and educational collaborations.

AFOSR is committed to supporting HBCU/MI. Between 2016-2020, AFOSR invested over $216M in HBCU/MI basic research grants to 279 researchers in 116 different science research areas.

We’re interested in hearing about HBCU research and how it might fit the needs of the United States Air Force and United States Space Force. The first step is to share your idea(s) with our POs – they may suggest submitting a whitepaper to get started! Engage with AFOSR POs to discuss your idea statement. Promising ideas may begin as an ongoing dialogue and lead to a full proposal submission.

Research proposals are reviewed by AFOSR POs as part of our core program. The process for applying for grants can be found HERE.

The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. Research areas and corresponding Program Officer(s), and their contact can be found on our website, AFOSR Research Areas.

Calling all HBCU STEM researchers — are you interested in funding for your innovative research idea(s)? Review the broad agency announcement (BAA) and reach out to the Program Officer in your area of interest. Typically each year the AFOSR HBCU/MI program grant opens for submission in August and closes in July.

To apply for an AFOSR basic research HBCU/MI grant, go to the BAA at grants.gov. Search for Opportunity Number: FA9550-19-S-0003 or Opportunity Title: Research Interests of the Air Force of Scientific Research.

HBCU/MI strategic partnerships are vital to Basic Research Success. It is the teaming of diverse areas of science that enables the next generation of technology advancements. AFRL actively works to support underrepresented minorities by recruiting across the country to include looking to hire the best and brightest students to work across our enterprise. AFRL/AFOSR seeks out researchers at major science and technology career fairs, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the BEYA STEM Awards. You may even see Ed Lee there!

We’re excited to announce our #AFOSR_HBCU program community group on LinkedIn. Connect and follow to learn about funding opportunities, celebrate HBCU/MI PIs and basic research breakthroughs. Also, follow YIP on Twitter @AFOSRYIP.

If you have questions about the AFOSR HBCU program, send your inquiry to HBCUMIus.af.mil.

Be sure to follow AFOSR #BasicResearch on social media to learn about funding opportunities, upcoming events, and research news.


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Thank you for joining us to learn more about AFOSR’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program! We hope we made doing business with us a little more transparent. Join us for our next AFOSR #BasicResearch Chatter in March!

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