Air Force Office of Scientific Research -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) announces the Fiscal Year 2023 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program. The AFOSR STEM program provides funds to support professional development, education and outreach programming. DODI 1025.11 gives Laboratories and Personnel Office (L&PO) the ability to: (d) “Establish programs to improve science and mathematics knowledge and skills of elementary and secondary school students and faculty members, pursuant to Section 2193a of Title 10, U.S.C.”

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Air Force and Space Force’s technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways and workforce opportunities for diverse U.S. citizens directly relevant to AFOSR science and technology areas.


FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE Friday, April 14, 2023

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Areas of Interest

This FOA is specifically seeking STEM education and outreach projects that address scientific and technical areas identified in the following thrust areas. Project scope may range in size and complexity. While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented and under-served populations including women and minorities in project plans. Special audience priority areas may include, but not be limited to, military connected students, veteran initiatives, and education systems integral to DAF science and technology.

AFOSR STEM topic areas include:

• Engineering and Complex Systems

• Information and Networks

• Physical Sciences

• Chemistry and Biological Sciences

Eligibility Requirements

All responsible sources from academia, non-profit organizations, and industry (forprofit) organizations may submit applications under this FOA. Multiple Principal Investigators from the same organization may apply for a STEM Program award, but each approach must be distinctive.

Amount Description

Awards may not exceed $50,000 and are subject to the availability of funds. Pending program evaluation review, awarded proposals may be renewed for the initial funding request, up to 3 years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 14, 2023