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Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking commercial companies and universities to join a program aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences for military needs.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, Va., has released a broad-agency announcement (BAA-AFOSR-2013-0002) for the Military Medical Photonics Program to advance the state of the art in medical laser applications for military needs.

Medical laser applications related to combat casualty care and other military medicine are a high priority, Air Force researchers say. The program is open to university-based medical groups, scientific organizations, or commercial companies.

Proposals should describe three-year medical laser research programs to be carried out by interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biomedical scientists, physical scientists, and engineers. Those submitting winning bids may be awarded contracts or research grants.

Companies or universities interested in submitting bids for the Military Medical Photonics Program should respond no later than 30 April 2013.

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Submit electronic proposals through Submit hard-copy submissions by post to Air Force Office of Scientific Research, AFOSR/RTB, Military Medical Photonics Program, Attn: Dr. Howard Schlossberg, 875 North Randolph St., Room 3112, Suite 325, Arlington VA 22203.

For technical questions or concerns contact Dr. Howard Schlossberg by phone at 703-696-7549 or by email at

For procedural or contracting questions contact the Air Force's Susan Fuller by phone at 703-696-8523 or by email at

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