AFOSR Funding for STEM Education, Outreach, and Instrumentation

(February 16, 2023) The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has released two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) related to STEM education, which could be leveraged by the quantum community.

STEM FOA: This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students of all ages and the air and space-related workforce (referencing AFOSR’s BAA). Projects must aim to increase engagement in STEM and enhance people with needed DAF STEM skills, knowledge and abilities. AFOSR encourages applications to utilize current STEM education research for informing project design and advancing STEM careers and opportunities of DAF relevance. Examples: after-school programming, educational resource development, professional development for educators. (closes April 14)

DURIP-LL: This announcement seeks proposals from universities to create, market and implement a lending library program using DURIP-funded instrumentation. Proposals are accepted from entities who previously received a DURIP grant and currently have access to the DURIP-funded instrumentation. These could have been funded by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and AFOSR. However, this STEM supplement is a stand-alone opportunity that is only provided by the AFOSR. A central purpose of the DURIP-LL program is to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities using equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate K-12 students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.” (closes April 14)