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

We’ve done it. We interviewed all of the international offices, and today’s post will be the last entry into this on-going series of “Doing Business with our International Offices.” Earlier this week, we sat with the folks in our London office otherwise known as the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development – or EOARD for short.

Colonel D. Brent Morris is the Director of AFOSR’s International Science Division and Commander of EOARD. Col. Morris directs offices in London, Santiago and Tokyo overseeing a research budget of $50+ million leading to execution of 400+ grants.

Not only is Col. Morris an influential U.S. Air Force leader, he is also a skilled beekeeper. Much like the mutualistic relationship between the bee & the flower, EOARD seeks partnerships with exquisite scientists to conduct basic research.

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

AFOSR’s international offices 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. Learn more about AFOSR’s IO programs and tools.

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.

EOARD was established in 1952 and later collocated with the Army and Navy in London in 1970. In 1974, EOARD became a detachment of AFOSR, promoting basic science and scientific interchanges of interest through the combined efforts of multinational top researchers. EOARD has helped thousands of investigators, including Nobel Prize winners in Physics and Chemistry, perform ground-breaking research.

AFOSR’s EOARD office strengthens ties with FVEY partners and leverages world-renowned universities with active grants in 26 countries across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. EOARD funds basic research through grants and contracts in twenty technology areas.

EOARD is the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force focal point for awareness, engagement and building relationships with the scientific leaders of the EMEA region, providing coverage of Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, and Africa.

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.

Interested in funding for your innovative research ideas? Start with the AFOSR BAA! Then reach out to EOARD Program Officers by emailing eoard.orgbox@us.af.mil.

The research interests of AFOSR and its international offices can be found in the current Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FA9550-19-S-0003.

Researchers in the EMEA region are highly encouraged to contact IPOs prior to developing a full proposal by email to eoard.orgbox@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.

EOARD 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.

EOARD funding support tools include research grants, conference support, and Window-on-Science Travel Support. AFOSR IO grants are issued to the institution (research & defense organizations) for labor, materials, supplies, and travel.

EOARD supported researcher Dr Tobias Hermann was recently named a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. His research aims to ensure that future spacecraft are able to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere safely despite being exposed to extreme heat.

In the Spring of 2019, U.S. Air Force 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. To view the strategy as a PDF, click here.

To learn more about opportunities to work with AFRL, check out AFOSR’s recent webinar: How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem: International Edition.


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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 #BasicResearch Chatter event highlighting the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP).