The Minority Leaders - Research Collaboration Program (ML-RCP) was created in 2005 at AFRL. The ML-RCP enables collaborative research partnerships between AFRL and academia that engage a diverse pool of talent in addressing foundational research challenges in support of the nation's air, space, and cyberspace technology needs. This program is the Air Force's single largest endeavor with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
The objective of the ML-RCP is to enable, enhance, and expand the research capabilities of HBCUs and MSIs through collaborative research efforts with AFRL. Funding opportunities for projects of interest to AFRL range from $50,000 - $125,000 per year.
Since 2005, the ML-RCP has enabled more than 900 students and 250 faculty participants from 52 partnering institutions to collaborate on AFRL directed research projects.