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Fiscal Year 2024 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program

Type: Posted • Opportunity: FOAAFRLAFOSR20240002

Description

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.

As the capacity of the Department of the Air Force (DAF) Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with STEM education and outreach, AFOSR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align education and outreach efforts with DAF S&T current and future workforce needs. 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. Projects must aim to increase engagement in STEM, from students to the current workforce, 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.

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.

Background
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.

Grant Details
The AFOSR STEM program provides funds to support professional development, education and outreach programming. The program 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.

Eligibility Requirements
All responsible sources from academia, non-profit organizations, and industry (for-profit) organizations may submit applications under this FOA. Multiple Principal Investigators from the same organization may apply for a STEM Program award, but each proposal must be distinctive. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal Colleges or Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, Native-Hawaiian-serving institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions, Native American-serving nontribal institutions, Minority Institutions, and covered educational institutions in 10 U.S.C 4144 are especially encouraged to apply.

Period of Performance
Proposals can be made for up to three (3) years in duration; that is, one (1) Base Year with two (2) Option Years. Proposals can request up to $150,000 per year, totaling $450,000 at the end of three (3) years. Proposals must use September 1, 2024 as the anticipated start date; however, the actual effective date is not final until an award is made.

Grant Value
Approximately $1.8M is anticipated to support the awards under this announcement, subject to availability of funds.

Overview

Category of Funding
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/17/24 the Air Force Office of Scientific Research posted grant opportunity FOAAFRLAFOSR20240002 for Fiscal Year 2024 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program. The grant will be issued under grant program 12.800 Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 17, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
April 12, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 38 Days
Last Updated
Jan. 17, 2024, 3:58 p.m. EST
Version
4
Archive Date
April 13, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
All responsible sources from academia, non-profit organization and industry (for-profit) organizations may submit applications under this FOA.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$450,000
Floor
$1
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Jorge A Gallegos Grantor
Email Description
STEM Email
Contact Phone
(703) 696-8421

Documents

Posted documents for FOAAFRLAFOSR20240002

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