AFRL Research Collaboration Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The objective of the AFRL Research Collaboration Program II is to enable collaborative research partnerships between Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Academia that engages a diverse pool of scientists and engineers in addressing foundational research challenges in support of the nation’s air, space and cyberspace technology needs. Additionally, AFRL seeks to enhance and further develop the research competencies of partnering universities and expand the potential domestic pipeline of a future diverse STEM workforce for AFRL. 

These objectives will be achieved through the collaborative efforts of a network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) and partnering Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) executing AFRL directed research projects.

The scope of the research projects will encompass a broad range of evolutionary and revolutionary technology advances within varied AFRL research topic areas to include but not limited to: Structural Materials and Applications, Functional Materials and Applications, Support for Operations, Manufacturing Technology, Radio Frequency (RF) Sensing, Electro-Optical Sensing, Spectrum Warfare, Layered Sensing Exploitation and Enabling Sensor Devices/Components, High Speed Systems, Control, Power, & Thermal Management Systems, Rocket Propulsion, Turbine Engines, Aerospace Vehicles, Human-Centered Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), Bio Effects, and Training & Decision Making.

Offerors that anticipate submitting a proposal are requested to submit an e-mail to Whitney Foxbower, Grants Officer at containing the name of the contractor, the POC, and the contractor’s intent to submit a proposal. This “Intent to Propose” is requested by Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 3:00 p.m. local time.

Proposal Due Date and Time: Thursday 30 January 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

This is an unrestricted solicitation at the recipient level. All offerors shall demonstrate ability to partner with HBCUs/MIs/IHEs at the project level. Failure to do so may make the proposal ineligible for award.



Amount Description

The Air Force anticipates awarding multiple awards for this announcement. Individual awards are anticipated to be in the range of $100K to $750K per contract. However we reserve the right to award larger research contracts.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

January 30, 2020