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Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has released a BAA, BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007, containing research topics of interest.  The BAA is an open BAA, but the funding is limited and the majority of it is allocated by the fall.

Areas of research interest include:

  1. Engineering and Complex Systems: a. Dynamic Materials and Interactions, b. Electronic Materials and Devices, c. Energy, Combustion and Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, d. Flow Interactions and Control, e. High-Speed Aerodynamics, f. Low Density Materials, g. Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis, h. Space Propulsion and Power, i. Test Science for Test and Evaluation (T&E)
  2. Information and networks: a. Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence, b. Computational Mathematics, c. Dynamics and Control, d. Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS), e. Information Operations and Cybersecurity, f. Optimization and Discrete Mathematics, g. Science of Information, Computation, Learning, and Fusion, h. Systems and Software, i. Trust and Influence
  3. Physical Sciences: a. Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments, b. Atomic and Molecular Physics, c. Electromagnetics, d. Laser and Optical Physics, e. Optoelectronics and Photonics, f. Plasma and Electro-Energetic Physics, g. Quantum Electronic Solids, h. Quantum Information Sciences, i. Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics, j. Space Science, k. Ultrashort Pulse Laser-Matter Interactions
  4. Chemistry and Biological Sciences: a. Biophysics, b. Human Performance and Biosystems, c. Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems, d. Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry, e. Natural Materials, Systems, and Extremophiles, f. Organic Materials Chemistry
  5. Student Exchange Program
  6. Other Innovative Research Concepts

Interested proposers should contact the program managers listed in the BAA to discuss the topic before proposing.

ONR Navy and Marine Corps FY2017 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program BAA

ONR has released the Navy and Marine Corps FY2017 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program BAA, N00014-16-S-BA10.  This BAA is for proposals for basic research projects only. Awards will take the form of contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements,

ONR is interested in proposals for basic research for the following topics:

  1. Establishing a Multiscale Theory for Cavitation in Complex Soft Materials
  2. Understanding the Phase-Resolved Bottom-Side IONosphere (BSION)
  3. Decentralized Perception in Data-Rich Dynamic Environments
  4. Scientific Basis for Enhanced Manufacturability with Electrical Currents
  5. Distributed Sensing, Actuation and Control in Soft Materials for Flexible Appendages
  6. Predictive and Causal Modeling – Bridging the Gap
  7. New Opportunities to Transform Wall-bounded Turbulence Understanding

ONR intends to award approximately $42 million under this BAA. White papers are due June 3, 2016 and full proposals are due August 12, 2016.

DARPA Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) BAA

DARPA MTO has released the Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) BAA (DARPA-BAA-16-19).  The goal of ACES is to “provide unprecedented frequency and timing accuracy on low SWaP platforms. Of particular interest are portable battery-powered clocks, which require minimal time for calibration after power-on and which maintain accurate time and frequency over extended duration in relevant DoD operating environments.”

There will be two technical areas to the program:

  • Technical Area 1: “Develop a complete integrated ACES prototype atomic clock capable of meeting or exceeding the technical objectives of the program. Program deliverables will include fully integrated prototype hardware for independent government evaluation.”
  • Technical Area 2: “Fundamental research into alternative atomic clock architectures, component technologies, and interrogation methodologies. In general, these are expected to address innovative approaches and technologies that are too risky or immature to include on the critical path of a TA-1 development effort, but which might be incorporated into TA-1 8 development, following proof-of-concept, in later phases of the program. Program deliverables are expected to consist primarily of technical reports.”

The Proposers Day is scheduled for February 1, 2016, abstract are due on March 1, 2016 and proposals are due April 29, 2016.  The anticipated funding for the program is $50M with multiple awards anticipated.  The funding type is 6.2.  The program manager is Dr. Robert Lutwak.

NASA Early Stage Innovations (ESI)

NASA Logo NASA has released an appendix to the Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 NRA requesting proposals to “develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions.”

Proposals should be on one of the following seven topics:

  1. Payload Technologies for Assistive Free-Flyers,
  2. Robotic Mobility Technologies for the Surfaces of Icy Moons,
  3. Integrated Photonics for Space Optical Communication,
  4. Discrete Cellular Materials Assembly, Repair, and Reconfiguration,
  5. Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design,
  6. Atmospheric Entry Modeling Development Using Orion EFT-1 Flight Data, and
  7. High Voltage PMAD Electronics for Space Applications.

There will be approximately 12 awards.  Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible, but universities can team with other accredited U.S. universities, industry, not-for-profit entities, NASA Centers, other government agencies, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by June 12, 2015. Proposals are due on or before July 10, 2015.

Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences BAA

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) has released an update to the Behavioral and Social Sciences BAA W911NF-13-R-0001 for the period 2013-2018.  The BAA can also be found on the Army Single Face to Industry web site and on

The BAA is open for a fiver year period beginning February 6, 2013 and ending February 5, 2018.  Topics are divided into Basic Research and Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development.

Under Basic Research, topics include:

  • Improving Training in Complex Environments
  • Improving Leader and Team Performance
  • Identifying, Assessing and Assigning Quality Personnel
  • Understanding Organizational Behavior and Network Science

For more information on the Basic Research Program contact program manager Dr. Jay Goodwin at (703) 545-2410 or at

In Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development, topics include:

  • Training
  • Leader Development
  • Team and Inter-Organizational Performance in Complex Environments
  • Soldier/Personnel Issues

 For the above applied research topics see the BAA for subtopics and program manger contacts.

ARL Core BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017 – this is an update to the BAA for areas of scientific interest.  Areas of interest include: materials sciences; ballistics and aeromechanics sciences; information sciences; human sciences; survivability, lethality, and vulnerability analysis and assessment; chemistry; electronics; physics; environmental sciences; life sciences; mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, computing sciences and network sciences.

The BAA is open to educational, nonprofit and commercial organizations.  Proposals must be “for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding.”

The BAA number is W911NF-12-R-0011-03, and a link to the actual BAA is here.  A link to this BAA on is here.

Technical points of contact are listed for each of the research areas.  The BAA encourages people interested in submitting a white paper or proposal to first contact the point of contact to discuss the potential research.