Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) is the Department of Defense’s most prestigious single-investigator award and supports basic research with the potential for transformative impact. As a 5-year fellowship with up to $3 million in funding, the VBFF supports new, out-of-the box ideas where researcher creativity intersects with the unknown. Vannevar Bush Fellows represent a cadre of experts that provide invaluable direction to the DoD in its scientific efforts and also train the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Formerly known as the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, the program changed its name in 2016 to commemorate Dr. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development during WWII and the author of “Science, The Endless Frontier.” As a devoted teacher, administrator and entrepreneur, Dr. Vannevar Bush was an ardent advocate for basic research and made creative and innovative contributions to the nation’s security. In line with his vision, the VBFF reflects the DoD’s commitment to “blue sky”, unfettered research and the exchange of scientific knowledge between the Fellows and the government to benefit the country.


FY2022 FOA

The FY2022 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now available. To view the announcement, please click here.

To view the deadlines for the FY22 competition, please click here. To apply, please click here. 

VBFF Webinar

The Department of Defense Institute for Defense Analyses will be presenting a VBFF Webinar on Wednesday, September 15th starting at 12:00PM EDT until ~2:00PM EDT. For more information and to register, click here.


Please click here for a PDF of the webinar.

Please click here for a PDF of the webinar.

Please click here for the full transcript of the presentation.

Please click here for a transcript of the Q&A for the webinar.


Meet the Fellows