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AFOSR continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's mission is to support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace.

AFOSR accomplishes its mission by investing in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas. Central to AFOSR's strategy is the transfer of the fruits of basic research to industry, the supplier of Air Force acquisitions; to the academic community which can lead the way to still more accomplishment; and to the other directorates of AFRL that carry the responsibility for applied and development research leading to acquisition.

More details about how AFOSR accomplishes it's mission can be found in the Technical Strategic Plan


Key Partnerships

  • The University Connection: Academia provides much of the backbone for our nation's technological progress while performing the bulk of the basic research. In addition to providing a prolific source of new knowledge and ideas, university research offers an exceptional training ground for developing and mentoring future scientists and advancing our national defense and economic security.
  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program: The primary objective of the STTR program is to involve small businesses in Air Force-relevant defense research and to enable them to commercialize innovative technologies for the advancement of U.S. economic competitiveness. Specifically, the STTR program is designed to provide incentive for small companies, academic institutions, and nonprofit research institutions (including federally funded research and development centers) to transfer technical ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.
  • Air Force Intramural Research: AFOSR works closely with the other AFRL Technical Directorates to nurture and support quality research and, where advantageous, integrate intramural and external research efforts to transition the latest basic research discoveries to follow-on levels in the research and development chain.
To find and fund revolutionary science, AFOSR solicits research proposals through a Broad Agency Announcement that outlines the Air Force Defense Research Sciences program supporting nearly forty major research areas.

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Due to COVID-19, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office is minimally manned. FOIA managers are teleworking and will process your request to the best of their capability; however, we expect delays in response times.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  We will notify you when we are back to normal operations.

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Air Force Office of Scientific Research
875 N. Randolph, Ste.325
Arlington Virginia, 22203
Phone: 703-696-7797


Dr. Sherry Welsh, Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Dr. Shery Welsh, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Arlington, Virginia. In this role she leads the management of the United States Air Force’s global basic research investment. AFOSR has a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington and foreign technology offices in London, England, Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile. Full biography.

AFOSR distributes its basic research program investment through 1,200 grants at over 200 leading academic institutions worldwide, 100 industry-based contracts, and more than 250 internal AFRL research efforts. With its staff of highly trained scientists and engineers, AFOSR manages the Air Force basic research program via three key partnerships.

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The following are AFOSR brochures you can download for more information:
60th Anniversary Monograph
Technical Strategic Plan

To read more about AFOSR, view all of our Fact Sheets.

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