Air Force Research Laboratory -- University Small Grants Broad Agency Announcement

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

This is a five-year, open-ended Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit research proposals for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy (RD) Directorate. This BAA is a university grant vehicle that can provide small grants of $100k or less to students/professors in a timely manner for the purpose of engaging U.S./U.S. territories’ colleges and universities in directed energy-related basic, applied, and advanced research projects that are of interest to the Department of Defense.

The scope of the research will include the entire spectrum of directed energy technology that is applicable to the Air Force, including all tangentially-related directed energy research. The research shall include, but not be limited to: lasers; optics and beam control; high power microwaves, and directed energy effects, modeling and simulation.

Multiple awards of grants up to $100k are anticipated with a period of performance ranging from one to two years. Subject to the availability of funding, AFRL/RD plans to award a minimum of one grant per fiscal year. However, AFRL/RD does reserve the right to make multiple awards or no awards pursuant to this solicitation.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE AND TIME: This BAA will remain open for a period of five years from the date of publication. Proposals may be submitted at any time during that period. However, prospective offerors/applicants must call the technology points of contacts (POCs) listed in Paragraph C of the full text announcement to confirm funding is available for the technology area of consideration before submitting a proposal. Proposals are reviewed and evaluated as they are received.

Closing Date: Dec. 31, 2018

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Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 31, 2018