Relationship with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR has a mission to discover, shape, and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force. In mid-2012, AFOSR established the requirement for a Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC) to support the AFOSR mission. In December 2012, AFOSR selected the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) to establish, manage, and grow the BRICC, awarding a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) under15 U.S.C 3715. AFOSR chose VT-ARC as the Partnership Intermediary due to VT-ARC’s demonstrated ability to serve as an unbiased, neutral facilitator who can act on behalf of AFOSR’s research, outreach, and collaboration goals.

The vision for the BRICC is an innovative, dynamic, collaborative environment that is accessible to AFOSR, academia, industry and other government entities and staffed with a multidisciplinary mix of talented, creative professionals. AFOSR’s goal is to leverage the capabilities and geographic centrality of the BRICC to evolve from “doing things better” to “doing things differently” with respect to Basic Research Initiatives (BRI); Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI); Small Business Technology Transition; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM); as well as Workforce Development initiatives, measures and metrics, and international collaboration.