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2021 Summer Visiting Faculty Research Program Application Period
November 1, 2020 – January 17, 2021

Summer Visiting Faculty Research Program Period
May 3, 2021 - September 17, 2021

Eligibility: The VFRP is open to US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) and its Information Institute® (II) solicits faculty participation in the summer component of the Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP). The VFRP is complementary to the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Those wishing to apply under that program should consult the AFOSR web pages for application information, deadlines, etc. The SFFP and AFRL/RI VFRP provide research opportunities for full time faculty for 8-12 week tours during the May-September period. AFRL/RI's goal with the summer VFRP is to provide a rewarding experience to the highest qualified candidates from the academic research community.

Programs under the Information Institute ® are intended to be implemented as research collaborations conducted onsite at AFRL/RI facilities.  Due to the restrictions regarding site access based on AFRL policies to address the pandemic, the 2020 summer program was conducted in a remote/virtual fashion.  The intent is to return to onsite research collaborations for the 2021 and future program cycles.  However, this will be dependent on the AFRL site access policies at that time.  Contact the II office and refer to your application agreements for more information

For additional opportunities beyond the summer program contact the Information Institute®.

The Information Institute is a virtual, collaborative research environment concentrating on Information Science and Technology. The Information Institute currently consists of universities allied with the US Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, NY. The Information Directorate is focused on research and advanced development in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) and Cyber Technology areas. Its diverse workforce of more than 800 military and civilian scientists and engineers are charged with leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting information technology capabilities for our air, space and cyberspace force.

Location within the Griffiss Business and Technology Park affords the Institute strategic advantages in linking technologies to both potential commercial markets and US Air Force users. The Information Institute provides a unique opportunity to work with the US Air Force to turn science into applications. Information Institute Objectives:
  • Create a shared research infrastructure between member institutions and the Information Directorate for the purpose of enabling collaborative research
  • Strengthen Information Directorate ties with member universities
  • Establish new and strengthen existing ties among member universities
  • Leverage research opportunities within and outside the Information Directorate
  • Open doors to the Information Directorate's varied research activities and facilities
  • Leverage university resources to benefit the Information Directorate's research base
  • Enhance educational opportunities for the II members and the Information Directorate staff
Principal Research Areas:
As part of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate, the Information Institute concentrates on Information Science and Technology research.

In this context, we focus on the following Core Technology Competencies (CTCs):
  1. Autonomy, Command and Control, and Decision Support
  2. Processing and Exploitation
  3. Connectivity and Dissemination
  4. Cyber Science and Technology
The Information Institute concentrates on collaborations between its members and the researchers of the Information Directorate on Information Science and Technology Research at its Rome Research Site. Within the scope of these CTCs the directorate is organized in four research divisions: Information Intelligence Systems and Analysis Division, Information Exploitation and Operations Division, Information Systems Division, and Computing and Communication Division.

We're looking for new ideas for research and education partnership activities on a continuing basis and we'd like to know what you are doing in these and related areas!
How the Information Institute Works:

Research teams are assembled from the Institute membership through a variety of means. Alliances between government and universities called "Education Partnership Agreements" (EPAs) are used extensively. In addition, individual professors and students can participate through pre- and postdoctoral arrangements, sabbatical leaves, The Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, the AFOSR funded Science and Technology Fellowship Program, the  Information Directorate Visiting Faculty Research Program, and other similar programs and agreements.

A primary mechanism for matching university researchers with the Information Directorate scientists and engineers, is through the published General Research Topics. More detail is provided there regarding research areas of interest along with the technical point of contact for each topic.

If you are interested in joining the II call or write the Information Institute® Director for more information and begin this simple process.

For additional opportunities beyond the summer program contact the Information Institute®.

Contact Us:
AFRL/Information Directorate
Information Institute
26 Electronic Parkway
Rome, NY, 13441-4514
Email: rrs.iiweb@us.af.mil
Phone: (315) 330-3251
DSN: 587-3251

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