The U.S. Air Force and the National Science Foundation have signed a letter of intent to jointly conduct research and development efforts supporting national security.
The NSF said Wednesday the partnership will focus on studies in the areas of space and geosciences, advanced materials sciences, information and data science and the development of the scientific workforce.
Under the agreement, the Air Force will gain access to NSF’s research network, while the company will receive support for the technical maturation of R&D projects.
“We will simultaneously benefit from the research done together with a focus on the areas most vital to the future of the U.S. Air Force and the security of our nation,” said Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force and a 2018 Wash100 recipient.
The efforts will seek to address the Air Force’s technological needs through NSF-supported research and contribute to the common areas of interest between the two parties.