About The Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC)


The BRICC is provided by the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Partner Intermediary Agreement (PIA) FA9550-13-3-0001.  VT-ARC is a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation affiliated with Virginia Tech. The AFOSR PIA is established to enhance innovation and collaboration within the Air Force’s basic research program.

A PIA is a “Technology Transfer Mechanism” between the government and a nonprofit entity that allows the Partnership Intermediary (PI) to:

  • Identify new technologies in the private sector that can be utilized by the government
  • Facilitate joint projects between the government and private companies, as well as between agencies and academic institutions, to accelerate delivery of technological capabilities to the nation
  • Help existing companies identify government technologies that can be licensed and commercialized

The BRICC’s mission is to enhance the connections between the Air Force, academia, industry and other government agencies to identify and exploit basic research opportunities that will impact the future Air Force. Through the BRICC VT-ARC will provide an innovative collaborative environment, integrate emerging collaborative technologies, and provide neutral facilitation to bring together the right mix of academia, industry and government to address challenging Air Force problems.

VT-ARC’s BRICC will embody the people, services, and activities for government, industry, and academia and other PIA partners, to meet and work in collaborative teams, workshops, and forums. This partnership will enhance the technology transition and transfer of Air Force basic Research results and support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) efforts to develop and attract the next generation of scientists and engineers in critical Air Force research areas.