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Media Advisory 18-005

Air Force, NSF to create research partnership to enhance national security

Leaders will sign Letter of Intent May 9

Air Force Major Michael McFall looks through a microscope

New partnership will foster increased exchange of research information.

May 2, 2018

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Members of the media are invited to join Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova as they sign a Letter of Intent to create a new partnership for collaboration on scientific research to bolster national security.

What: Letter of Intent signing between the Air Force and NSF.

When: May 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: The 20 F Street NW Conference Center, 20 F St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Who: Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and NSF Director France Córdova

To attend in-person:


To view the event online:

The event will be webcast live.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (703) 292-8020 or


Media Contacts
Rob Margetta, NSF, (703) 292-2663, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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