#BasicResearch Chatter – Doing Business with our International Offices

Welcome back to another edition of our monthly #BasicResearch Chatter! This month we’re discussing our AFRL/AFOSR international offices and “How to do Business” with them.

Col. D. Brent Morris, Director of AFRL/AFOSR’s International Office (AFOSR/IO) and Commander of the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD) joined us during our live Twitter chat and provided us with some excellent insight into the mission of our international offices and what they’ve helped accomplish.

Our international POs are scientific ambassadors forging strong science and technology bonds with the most creative and talented researchers around the world to work collaboratively in areas of interest to the Air Force and Space Force.

AFRL/AFOSR International Division has a global presence with locations in London, Santiago, Tokyo, and additional offices slated to open soon in Australia and Brazil.

By collaborating on basic research efforts around the world, we have the right networks, people, knowledge in place for rapid response grants when needed — like now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know that the AFRL International Division provides the U.S. Air Force awareness of, engagement in, and relationships with overseas basic researchers?

AFOSR has supported 82 Nobel Laureates since 1951, including John B. Goodenough’s 2019 shared Nobel award in chemistry for the lithium-ion battery. EOARD invested in his seminal work from 1978-1981 at the University of Oxford on new materials for electrochemical cells.

The AFOSR mission is to discover, shape, and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future of the Air Force and Space Force. Read the IO Annual Report to see how our international sphere of influence supports the mission.

Apply for a AFSOR Basic Research via Broad Agency Announcements and watch “How Do I Submit a Proposal” help video.

The Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD) funding support tools include research grants, conference support, and Window-On-Science Travel Support.

AFOSR IO (AOARD, EOARD, and SOARD) seeks to build mutually beneficial relationships between scientists overseas and scientists in the United States to accelerate science and technology achievement.

One example is the collaboration between AFOSR/AOARD and ONR Global partners in a successful workshop at this year’s Ubiquitous Robotics virtual conference, UR2020 — “Future Trust in Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence.” The workshop was organized by Dr. Daniel M. Lofaro, US Naval Research Laboratory, Dr. Ben Knott, ONR Global, Dr. Laura Steckmen, AFRL/AFOSR PO: Trust and Influence, and Dr. Jermont Chen, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AFOSR/AOARD). Between invited talks, sessions were held on how to collaborate with AFOSR, ONR Global, and AOARD. For more information about the schedule and live stream [click here].

We’ve covered a lot of information during this time around, but we’d love to hear your questions or comments. We’ll go first — What was something you wanted to learn from this chat that we didn’t cover?

Thank you for joining us and we hope that we made doing business with us a little more transparent. Join us for our next AFOSR IO #BasicResearch Chatter event on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.