UREP: University Research And Engagement Program

The University Research and Engagement Program (UREP) was designed to engage institutions of higher education through the facilitation of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) research that leads to the continued advancement of the U.S. Department of the Air Force and United States Space Force (USSF). UREP aims to provide undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows with authentic research opportunities to stimulate interest and improve retention in STEM careers within AFRL.

UREP funding opportunities will focus on specific areas of research pertinent to the AFRL mission and may change each year. Colleges and universities interested in pursuing this opportunity should propose innovative solutions to address the critical research needs of the Air Force and Space Force.

Undergraduate, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are a focal point of the University Research and Engagement Program (UREP). University Principal Investigators (PIs) will serve as mentors to these students. PIs selected for UREP will be required to allocate a portion of their total annual budget towards student and postdoctoral fellows stipend support and travel associated with program events on-site at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB).

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