There have been a number of civilian groups formed to study UFO’s and/ or to promulgate their opinions on the subjects. Some have achieved fair degrees of mainstream visibility while other remains obscure. The groups listed below have embraced a broad variety of approaches and have seen a correspondingly wide variety of responses from mainstream critics or supports.
1. Aerial phenomena research organization (APRO)(1952-1988)
2. National investigation committee on aerial phenomena (NICAP)(1956-1980)
3. Mutual UFO network (MUFON)91969- present)
4. Central for UFO studies (CUFOS)(1973-present) a private- funded UFO research group founded by J. Allen Hynek, a professor of astronomy at Northwestern Univeristy in Chicago. Hynek was also a top scientific consultant for Project Blue Book.
5. Fund for UFO research (FUFOR)(1976-present)
6. National institute of discovery science (NIDS) )(1996-present)
7. National UFO reporting center (NUFORC) (1994-present): run by Peter Daveenport; national clearingfor UFO report with phone hotline; listing of online. Home page and link
8. National aviation reporting center on anomalous phenomena (NARCAP)(2000-) found by NASA scientist Richard F. Haines. Clearing house for aviation UFo reports. Concerned about UFOs and air safety. Has collect and evaluated 3400 aviation cases from the last 40 years.
9. Citizens against UFO secrecy (CAUS): Small, Washington D.C group pushing for government UFO disclosure
10. Paradigm research groups (PRG)
11. center for the study of extraterrestrial intelligence (CSETI)(1990-); Maryland group that runs the disclosure project, an effort to get government disclosure on UFOs.
12. UFO search engine(UFOseek): UFO and paranormal search engine and directory
13. HBCCUFO Canadian reporting(HBCCUFO)(2000-present); BC Canadian UFO reports, witness audio interviews, directed by Brain Vike
14. Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee(X-PPAC)