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U.S. Department of Defense – AFRL Kirtland AFB

​Name of Funder

U.S. Department of Defense – AFRL Kirtland AFB

Grant Program

Future Scholars for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs

Geographic Area Targeted


Search Process Keywords


Workforce Development

Link to Funding Announcement

Application Due Date

Open now through June 17, 2025

Grant Award Range

$25,000 to $25,000,000

Expected Number of Awards


Eligible Applicants

Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education City or township governments Special district governments Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) State governments County governments Independent school districts Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education

Overview of Funding

*** Due to Government funds availability, Letters of Intent and/or Proposals are currently NOT being accepted. Should funds become available, the FOA will be updated to accept letters of Intent and/or Proposals. If you have questions, please contact the Grants and Agreements Officer or Contracting Specialists. ***

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is seeking innovative applications for Future Scholars under Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs. AFRL intends to award multiple grants and cooperative agreements, subject to the availability of funds.

This is a five-year open Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) accepting proposals from the date of publication for award of grants and cooperative agreements, subject to the availability of funds. Once the FOA has reached the five-year period and/or funds are no longer available, the announcement will be modified to reflect the announcement as closed. This FOA will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure awards are pertinent to the Government’s needs and ceiling values.

Proposals may be submitted any time from the FOA issue date, until the final submission deadline for proposals and will be evaluated as they are received. Prior to submitting a proposal, Recipients are required to submit a Letter of Intent to the Points of Contact (POCs) listed in Section VII - Federal Awarding Agency Contact(s).

This FOA supports STEM Workforce Development programs or projects that align with the Federal STEM Strategy and the DoD STEM Mission. This announcement encourages programs or projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and teachers and prepare the 21st century STEM workforce. AFRL’s Workforce Development programs or projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Internships (High School through Doctoral)

  • Fellowship Apprentice/Residency Programs

  • College or University project-based learning programs

  • Formal or informal workforce development programs or projects that align with the Federal STEM Strategy and DOD STEM Mission

Before submitting an application, Recipients are highly encouraged to read the Federal STEM Education Strategy and the DoD STEM’s Mission.

AFRL anticipates a total of $50,000,000.00 of Federal funding for multiple awards under this FOA. Proposed efforts may range in size, complexity, and periods of performance. The Government reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the applications submitted in response to the FOA. Using the authority of 10 U.S.C. § 2192, AFRL will select proposed efforts that meet the anticipated FOA’s Funding Opportunity Description and clearly address the goals and objectives as stated in the FOA.

Questions concerning this FOA may be emailed to:

Sara Telano, Contracting Officer,

Lauren Rice, Contracting Specialist,

Email Subject: FOA-20-AFRL/RVKE-0001 Questions

Please note, Questions and Answers related to this FOA have been posted and are available for review in

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