Director of Defense Research and Engineering Anita Jones
today announced plans to award $7 million in Fiscal Year 97 and
up to $12 million per year over three years to 13 academic
institutions to conduct multidisciplinary research in 11 topic
areas of basic science and engineering. These grants may be
extended an additional two years as progress warrants. The
awards are to be made under the FY 97 DoD Multidisciplinary
University Research Initiative Program, a program designed to
address large multidisciplinary topic areas which represent
exceptional opportunities for future DoD applications, as well as
forecast DoD needs.
Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between
DoD and the academic institutions, the 13 awards will provide
long-term support for research, graduate students, and purchase
of equipment that support specific science and engineering
research themes important to national defense.
The average funding per award will be $2.75 million, spent
over a three-year period (funded incrementally or as options)
with two additional years possible as options to bring the total
award to five years, subject to the availability of
appropriations. The yearly expenditures will be approximately
$920,000 per year.
Today's announcement is the result of a seven-month
competition under the DoD MURI program. The competition for the
awards drew 272 white papers, from which 58 full proposals were
encouraged. Sixty-nine full proposals were submitted for the
final competition phase, and 13 of those were found to be
suitable for funding.
Attached is a list of awards.