AFOSR Program Officers Complete Their 56th Annual Spring Review

The Program Officers of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) completed their 56th annual Spring Review, which ran from 4 March through 8 March in Arlington, VA. This annual assessments of AFOSR’s research portfolio highlighted not only the overall research portfolio, but emphasized the numerous basic research transitions of benefit to the United States Air Force.

In attendance were senior members of the organization as well as an online audience of over 1,200 attendees from other Air Force laboratories, universities and industry, many of whom would have been unable to travel to the event in person. This is the third year that AFOSR has opened this annual event to the broad public by opting to stream it online, a decision that has helped improve the communication flow and transparency of a small organization with a big mission for the United States Air Force.

In this AFOSR Spring Review 2013 video, Dr. Charles Matson, Chief Scientist, AFOSR presents the AFOSR Basic Research Strategy and explains why the Air Force invests in Basic Research:


For those who missed the 2013 Spring Review, presentations and videos are still available: Presentations Videos

Since its establishment in 1951, AFOSR has been responsible for investing in extramural basic research programs at leading universities and in-house (intramural) Air Force laboratories. During the first five years of AFOSR’s existence, the annual budget was relatively lean (as was the staff–between 20 to 27 personnel).

It was then that history intervened when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first earth satellite, in October 1957. Almost overnight, AFOSR’s budget almost doubled, and with it, a gradual boost in personnel. Sputnik was a major wake-up call regarding the overwhelming importance of science and technology to the future security, as well as economic vitality, of the United States.

For several decades thereafter, AFOSR held not only a Spring Review, but a Fall Review as well. By 1975, AFOSR was responsible for all Air Force basic research funding, and the bi-annual reviews continued to provide a formal review of the status and areas of emphasis in the overall basic research portfolio.

Although AFOSR reverted to an annual review in the 1990’s, this management tool continues to provide an excellent opportunity for both an introspective self-examination of a wide-ranging research portfolio as well as welcoming the views of customers and stakeholders in the continuous pursuit of cutting edge research that forges the foundation of our future Air Force.

As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR’s mission is to discover, shape and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force. To stay up-to-date on the latest AFOSR happenings, please join us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

AFOSR Spring Review Provides an Inside Look at the Research Being Funded by AFOSR

We hosted our 55th annual Spring Review from 5 through 9 March, 2012. AFOSR Program Managers discussed what they have funded over the last year as well as insight into trends and plans for the future basic research programs of interest to the Air Force.

The AFOSR Spring Review provides an excellent opportunity for both an introspective self-examination of a wide-ranging research portfolio as well as welcoming the views of customers and stakeholders in the continuous pursuit of cutting edge research that forges the foundation of our future Air Force.

This year we streamed the presentation of AFOSR’s annual Spring Review (SR12) so anyone could watch online and ask questions. You can watch videos from the spring review on our and also download PDFs from our Spring Review Website. We have also embedded the videos below.

Feel free to ask questions of the program managers here and we will try to get them answered.

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A Week in Review: 2/26/12 to 3/3/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

February 29, 2012

X-56A Designation Assigned To AFRL Flight Research Vehicle
The Air Force Research Laboratory was recently awarded an X-Plane designation for a vehicle that will be used to explore active control of lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient aircraft configurations. The X-56A is an innovative, modular, unmanned fight research vehicle that will allow investigation of active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation technology.

March 2, 2012

Air Force Office of Scientific Research hosts annual program Spring Review
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will soon host its annual Spring Review from 5 through 9 March, 2012. This program review, to be held at 950 Glebe Road, Suite 210, in Arlington, Virginia, will be the 55th formally designated annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio.

Exotic material boosts electromagnetism safely
Using exotic man-made materials, scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism (EM), one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment.

Nanofiber Breakthrough Holds Promise for Medicine and Microprocessors
A new method for creating nanofibers made of proteins, developed by researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), promises to greatly improve drug delivery methods for the treatment of cancers, heart disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as aid in the regeneration of human tissue, bone and cartilage.

USAF Looks To Work Hand In Hand With Silicon Valley
In 1947, following World War 2, the United States Army Air Forces became the United States Air Force. They also became one the preeminent research and development teams in the United States. But in the last 20 years that title has gone to the private sector. The USAF plans to meet with companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook to talk about topics such as innovation, security, and technology. “We really are looking at what are the best practices to keep innovation and technology access in the Air Force alive and healthy.” Said Jennifer Ricklin, chief technologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory.