#BasicResearch Chatter — Doing Business with our International Offices — Asia Edition

If you’ve been following our blog for the last few months, then you know that we’ve been highlighting our International Offices and this month’s highlight is our Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development – or AOARD for short.

On Monday night, Tuesday morning for our friends in Tokyo, we sat down and had an entertaining hour talking about how to do business with AOARD but before we get into that let’s talk about AFOSR’s International Offices and how they seek to build mutually beneficial relationships between scientists from around the world with scientists in the United States to accelerate science and technology achievement and leverage diversity of thought. You can learn more about AFOSR’s IO programs and tools: HERE.

With international offices in Arlington, Santiago, London, and Tokyo… the sun never sets on AFOSR. International Program Officers (IPOs) at these offices fund #BasicResearch grants at foreign institutions across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America.

Established under AFOSR in 1992, AOARD promotes basic science and scientific interchanges of interest to the USAF and USSF through the combined efforts of multinational top researchers within the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific region has been rapidly rising in importance within the scientific community and publishes more scientific papers compared to other regions globally. Key technologies in this region include nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and cognitive sciences.

AOARD is the USAF and USSF focal point for awareness, engagement, and building relationships with the scientific leaders of the Asia-Pacific region. AOARD offers research and conference/travel grants to scientist to conduct basic research in a variety of scientific areas — Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, Cybersecurity, Quantum Engineering, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Space Sciences and more.

Basic research is the foundation of all scientific and engineering discovery and progress. It is what leads to new inventions and concepts — many of which are revolutionary. The great thing about basic research is the mystery of it: while researchers may start off trying to prove a particular theory, many times they end up going off in a new direction, or their results are ultimately employed in a dramatically different way than initially envisioned.

The research interests of AFOSR and its international offices can be found in the current Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FA9550-19-S-0003. PIs in the Asia-Pacific region are highly encouraged to contact IPOs prior to developing a full proposal, by email to afosr.aoard@us.af.mil, to discuss the current state of the art, how it would advance current understanding, ~ cost of an initial effort and target submission dates.

Taiwan’s MOST and AOARD announce the solicitation for a 3-year program: “Topological and Nanostructured Materials Synthesis and Discovery.” This international program is focused on shaping the direction and advancing the state-of-the-art in nanoscience research.

AOARD areas of interest align with OSD Modernization Priorities — AI, Biotechnology, Autonomy, Cyber, Directed Energy, Fully Networked Command, Control, and Communications (FNC3), Microelectronics, Quantum Science, Hypersonics, Space, 5G. AOARD funding support tools include research grants, conference support, and Window-on-Science Travel Support. AFOSR IO grants are issued to the institution (research and defense organizations) for labor, materials, supplies, and travel.

AFOSR/AOARD collaborated with the U.S. Navy 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, U.S. Navy Research Lab, Dr. Ben Knott, U.S. Navy Research Global, Dr. Laura Steckman, AFRL/AFOSR PO: Trust and Influence, and Dr. Jermont Chen, AFOSR/AOARD.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will support the USAF and USSF. We’re excited to be the #BasicResearch arm of the USAF and USSF! The AFRL stands ready to solve complex space problems by developing and delivering tech from satellites to rocket fuel and beyond. AFRL team will create solutions for the USSF to ensure continued space superiority for decades to come.

In the spring of 2019, USAF released the Air Force Science and Technology Strategy. We take a look at some of the top accomplishments over the last year as we respond to the strategy’s call to action.

During our twitter hour, we received some really good comments and praise, as well as 3 really good questions. Here are the questions we received along with their answers.

I was wondering what countries are eligible to apply to AOARD, and if that list changes over time?

We don’t publish a list of countries that we fund or don’t fund, but you can check the eligibility requirements page, here.

Hello, I’m an associate professor in aerospace at the University of Notre Dame. I had worked at JAXA for 11 years. I have colleagues in Japan who are interested in collaborating with me related to aerospace topics. How is it possible to have any support from AOARD?

Great question! Best thing to do is contact us via the AOARD collaboration page on APAN.

I have been funded by AOARD on and off for more than a decade, and it is a fantastic program. I am not sure if you can comment on its budget, but I was wondering if it has been negatively affected by COVID, and if so, has its focus of funded research interests had to narrow?

Despite the current climate, we continue to fund all of our current programs as they conitnuously evolve to align with the changing needs of the Air and Space Forces. For more information, visit here.

Thank you for reading and we hope that we made doing business with us a little more transparent. Join us for our next AFOSR IO #BasicResearch Chatter event highlighting EOARD, our IO office in London, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020!