TheÂ U.S. Air Force and theÂ 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 ofÂ 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 toÂ NSF’s research network, while the company will receive support for theÂ 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,” saidÂ 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.