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Funding Opportunity: AFOSR Releases FY 2023 Young Investigator Program (YIP) FOA

On March 8, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) released its fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Young Investigator Program (YIP). This popular program provides early career university faculty a path into the Air Force’s research enterprise through multi-year grants.

Proposals should address areas outlined in AFOSR’s broad agency announcement (BAA), “Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.” Proposals may be submitted for one of four research areas:

  1. Engineering and Complex Systems
  2. Information and Networks
  3. Physical Sciences
  4. Chemistry and Biological Sciences

In addition to the areas identified in the BAA, AFOSR is working in collaboration with the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) to make additional awards that address experimental and theoretical quantum information science (QIS) research. Further details of AFOSR and LPS’s specific QIS research interests can be found in the full FOA.

Deadlines: Pre-proposal questions are due March 21, 2022. White papers are highly recommended and are due April 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Full proposals should be submitted by June 6, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The program is projected to start on January 1, 2023. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program officer for the applicable technical area to discuss their proposal prior to submission.

Awards: Selected proposals will be funded at a maximum of $450,000 for a three-year base period with a limit of $150,000 annually. AFOSR anticipates making 37 awards in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts.

Eligibility: Faculty who are U.S. citizens, national or permanent residents, and have received their PhD no earlier than April 1, 2015, are eligible to apply. U.S. institutions of higher education, U.S. nonprofit or for-profit research organizations, and industrial laboratories may submit proposals. Note that AFOSR makes awards to institutions, not individuals. Additional eligibility and instructions can be found in the full FOA.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The full solicitation is available at under number “FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2022-
  • A complete list of AFOSR research areas and program officers can be found at
    under number “FA9550-21-S-0001.”
  • Additional AFOSR funding opportunities can be found here.

— Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

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