CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: Design of High Electrical Strength Materials

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

This is a special BAA in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) University Center of Excellence for High Critical Electric Field Strength Materials. A University Center of Excellence (COE) is defined as a joint effort among Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Air Force Research Laboratory Technology Directorates (AFRL TDs), and an outstanding university or team of universities to perform high priority collaborative research. This center is a joint project between the AFRL’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX), and Sensors Directorate (AFRL/RY). 

AFOSR will provide the COE up to $1,000,000 per year for a maximum of five years. The first three years will be incremental funding with an option to extend an additional two years providing pass of a midterm “go/no - go” review at the 2.5 - year point . By agreement, AFOSR and the participant AFRL/RX and RY can ramp-up funding in beginning years or ramp-down funding in final years to a COE. All funding projects are based on availability of funds.

The Center of Excellence should extend the research capabilities of AFRL on the topical area of epitaxial synthesis of high critical electric field strength materials and provide opportunities for a new generation of US scientists and engineers to address Air Force research needs. This is a special BAA because it explicitly calls for (a) research in high priority Air Force interest area of high critical electrical field strength materials, (b) a joint effort between University researchers, AFRL/RX and AFRL/RY to develop unique oxide synthesis capabilities exploring fundamental doping and transport properties of these materials as a function of structural changes, and (c) educate students within the US in vital technology areas with opportunities for potential recruitment of US nationals for employment at AFRL. 


  • White Papers: July 13, 2018
  • Proposals: Aug. 13, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • (C-1) Design of High Critical Electrical field strength Ga2O3 Films
  • (C-2) Semiconducting Epitaxial Ga2O3 Films
  • (C-3) Education and Opportunities for AFRL new employee recruitment

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.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

August 13, 2018