Description The AF’s mission is to “fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace.” In order to accomplish its mission, the AF invests in Systems & Software, which is the keystone of all advanced technology. The Systems & Software program actively searches for ideas with respect to two submissions: 1) Improving current AF systems, and; 2) Introducing cutting-edge research to expand the field of knowledge. Improving current AF systems is needed; the AF’s use of legacy systems is well known, along with the detrimental issues of legacy system use. There are many AF systems which have extremely long life cycles (such as combat system software). In order to ensure that these legacy systems are up-to-date, new systems infrastructures are investigated. Additionally, new areas of Systems & Software are encouraged to ensure that the AF continues to be on the cutting-edge of technology; novel areas include entirely new directions that will have significant impact in the future. Overall examples of areas include operating systems, compilers, virtual memory, multi-core platforms, etc. AFOSR is looking for research that will drastically improve current AF systems and help to develop new S&T for the benefit of the nation.
Basic Research Objectives As stated above, Systems & Software addresses two issues – both the new and the old: 1) New Technology Research (such as, but not limiting to, multi-core and many-core systems), and; 2) Legacy System Research (concerning existing AF systems such as, but not limiting to, operating systems, software, etc.). Since Systems & Software direction is continually changing, i.e., technology life-span of approximately 3 years or less, specific subareas are not specifically stated within this announcement; instead, due to the topical nature of the field, the specific area of research is open to the proposer, as long as the research addresses either issue – New Technology Research or Legacy System Research – in Systems & Software. Any new ideas of either of the two issues are welcomed.
You are highly encouraged to contact our Program Officer prior to developing a full proposal to briefly discuss the current state-of-the-art, how your research would advance it, and the approximate cost for a three (3) to five (5) year effort.
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Contact InformationDr. James Lawton (Acting) AFOSR/RTA-2 Email:Software@us.af.mil