International Programs

The AFOSR International Office (AFOSR/IO) is located in Arlington, Virginia. Their mission is to support the Air Force Defense Research Science Program by expanding the horizon of scientific knowledge through international liaison and leadership to discover, shape, and champion basic science that will create revolutionary breakthroughs to profoundly impact future Air Force warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities.

AFOSR/IO serves three main functions.

First, it serves as the International Point of Contact (IPOC) for AFOSR. This role includes establishing international research initiatives with world-class scientists and institutions to support AFOSR core and external programs, identifying and advocating international opportunities to work with AFOSR, providing technology security screening and training for international efforts to include AFOSR and all of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), administering the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) for SAF/IA, and conducting the Window-on-Europe, Asia, and Americas Programs.

Second, the IO office oversees the liaison for basic research activities with all of the Americas.

And thirdly, the IO office supports the overall AFRL International Enterprise in developing strategies, representing AFRL at international forums, maintaining a database of international AFRL activity, performing data-mining and related training, publishing the tri-weekly AFRL International Notes, hosting the annual AFRL-wide IPOC Workshop, and representing AFRL as the international liaison in the National Capitol area.

AFOSR detachments

AFOSR detachments located in Tokyo and London and Santiago provide direct interchange with members of the scientific and engineering community and encourage the establishment of beneficial relationships between Air Force scientists and engineers and their foreign counterparts within their respective geographical and technical areas of responsibility.

Asian/European/Southern Office of Aerospace Research & Development’s (AOARD/EOARD/SOARD’s) mission is to integrate and support AFRL fundamental research with discoveries of emerging foreign science.

  • AOARD‘s geographical area of responsibility includes Asia and Pacific Rim countries including India and Australia;
  • EOARD‘s is Europe, the mid-East, Africa, and countries in the former Soviet Union; and
  • SOARD‘s is South America, Mexico and Central America. Canada is handled directly from the AFOSR/IO office.

Their primary focus is to discover and facilitate the discovery of world-class fundamental research relevant to Air Force needs. To facilitate the discovery and acquisition of this research, they operate three main programs:

  • Window on Science (WOS), which brings foreign researchers to meet with AFRL scientists and engineers to share their research;
  • Conference Support, to promote the interchange of science between the Air Force and the world; and
  • Research Grants and Contacts, to directly support foreign research of Air Force interest.

EOARD and AOARD are collocated with similar Army and Navy international offices. SOARD works closely with similar Army and Navy liaison offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile.

Additional Programs

The following additional programs are managed separately.

  • International Window Programs (e.g., Window on Europe, Window on Asia, Window on the Americas): Provides support to AFRL scientists to do research in foreign laboratories for up to six months. For more details, see AFOSR International Window Programs Brochure. To apply for this program the AFRL scientist needs to contact Mr. Phil Gibber at 703-696-7323 or at
  • National Research Council (NRC) Resident Research Associateships: Provides support to scientists (including senior foreign nationals) to work in US government laboratories (including AFRL) for one to two years. For more information on how to apply for this program please review the NRC website.
  • Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program: Provides an opportunity for US Department of Defense (DoD) (military and civilian) scientists to conduct research in foreign government laboratories and for foreign government (military and civilian) scientists to work in US DoD laboratories. International Agreements are in place for Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. See ESEP Program or contact Mr. Phil Gibber at 703-696-7323 or at