Welcome to the web page for the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD). This section provides general information for AOARD and specific information for how to work with Program Officers (POs) in our office. Web links for other AOARD programs may be found in AOARD Programs. Located in Tokyo, Japan, AOARD is a funding agency that supports basic research throughout the Asia-Pacific region. See the AFOSR/AOARD website for information about AOARD.
AOARD is a field office of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), which is located in Arlington, Va., USA. AFOSR manages all basic research activities for the U.S. Air Force. For information about AFOSR, see: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr/.
AOARD and AFOSR are part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), which has extensive R&D programs in nine different technical directorates at multiple locations within the USA. See the following link for more information about AFRL: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl.aspx. Program Officers (POs) at AOARD work closely with POs at AFOSR to fund basic research in the Asia-Pacific region in support of the AFRL mission. AOARD and AFOSR work closely with AFRL scientists and engineers across all technical areas.
Our primary focus is to fund basic, fundamental research that seeks to push scientific frontiers. We understand that excellent research is done around the world; AOARD was created to cultivate and build relationships between leading scientists and engineers throughout the Asia-Pacific with our laboratory scientists and engineers. Since the focus is on basic science, both AFOSR and AOARD have a very long-term view of application development. Ultimately, we are interested in developing collaborative basic research between Asia-Pacific scientists and engineers and AFRL scientists.
At AFOSR, white papers and proposals are solicited through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), available on Grants.gov. The BAA addresses broad technical areas under which Principle Investigators (PIs) can submit proposals and receive funding through a competitive process. Technical areas at AOARD are tied to AFOSR and thus the AFOSR BAA.
For information on the active AFOSR BAA, see: BAA-AFOSR-2019. Potential PIs should contact AOARD POs to get a sense of their focus and interest areas, and for more information on funding opportunities. See Funding Timeline for more information.