University Small Grants Broad Agency Announcement -- BAA-RDK-2012-0001

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.

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: Apr. 2, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest


  • Lasers Systems: This includes solid state, fiber, semi-conductor, short pulse and advanced chemical, gas, and hybrid laser technology for scalable, high energy laser devices for insertion into airborne tactical and strategic applications and ground-based laser system concepts.  
  • Directed Energy Electro Optics for Space Situational Awareness: This includes advanced optical and imaging technologies such as optical components, optical coatings, advanced beam control, atmospheric compensation, and pointing and tracking.   
  • High Power Electromagnetics:  This includes generation and transmission of high power microwaves (HPM), identification of the susceptibility and vulnerability of electronic systems to HPM, and applications of HPM to meet national defense needs.  Technologies include HPM sources, pulsed power, and high energy beam and plasma physics. 
  • Weapons Modeling and Simulation:  This includes efforts to improve the fundamental understanding of HPM, lasers, beam control, and space situational awareness (SSA) through effects research and development of multi-level modeling and simulation tools, and application of high performance computing and advanced numerical simulations to represent directed energy and SSA capabilities.  


Eligibility Requirements

Only U.S./U.S. territory educational institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this notice. 



Funding Type



Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

April 2, 2018