Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 12/1/2022

Air Force Office of Scientific Research -- Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Create the Future Independent Research Effort

This is a special Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). AFOSR recognizes that future areas of research may not fall within its existing portfolio structure and has initiated the Create the Future Independent Research Effort (CFIRE) to stimulate research activity in such areas.

AFOSR anticipates making at least four (4) awards of approximately $750,000 to $1,500,000 per year per award for a maximum of three years. All funding projects are based on availability of funds.

Pre-proposal inquiries and questions must be received in writing by electronic mail to the address(es) listed under section G.2. of this FOA not later than 14 December 2022.

White papers briefly summarizing the proposing institution’s ideas are encouraged but not required. White papers must be received by submitting to https://community.apan.org/wg/afosr/p/submitawhitepaper by 20 January 2023.

Proposals must be received electronically through Grants.gov by 17 March 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time to be considered.

Areas of Interest

The Create the Future Independent Research Effort (CFIRE) seeks to ensure the future technological superiority of the DOD by cultivating emerging areas of research at institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) today. The topic areas that we seek to support with this FOA are independent from those described in our open BAA (Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research) and do not fall completely within any one research program. We seek to support multidisciplinary research efforts, creating synergies to speed DoD-relevant research and development.

In fiscal year 2023, we seek proposals in three topic areas: Astrodynamics, Materials for Quantum Information Science, and Synthetic Biology.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to submit an application if you are a qualified and responsible educational institution in the United States as defined at 10 U.S.C. 2194. Educational institution means a local educational agency, college, university, or any other nonprofit institution dedicated to improving science, mathematics, and engineering education. No other entities are eligible to submit applications under this competition. However, lead proposals may include participation of for-profit companies through the use of subawards or subcontracts, whichever is determined appropriate in accordance with requirements under 2 CFR 200.331.

Amount Description

Typical annual funding per grant will range from $750,000 to $1.5M per year. Any proposer wishing to submit a proposal outside of this range should discuss their research plan with the relevant Program Officer during the whitepaper phase of this FOA. The total amount of funding and resources made available to fund a successful proposal may vary based on the quality of proposals received and funds availability. The anticipated period of performance is a three-year base period.