The Department of Defense announced today that 149 university researchers at 84 academic institutions have been selected to receive research instrumentation awards. The awards will total $39.9 million and will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.
The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research and associated graduate student research training.
The awards announced today are the result of a merit competition jointly conducted by three DOD research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Those offices will make the awards, which are subject to the successful completion of negotiations with the academic institutions.
The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program is highly competitive. The military service research offices solicited proposals from university investigators conducting science and engineering research of importance to DOD. This includes research that underpins advances in materials and quantum science; computing and networks; electronics and electro optics; neuroscience; fluid dynamics; robotics and autonomous systems; and ocean, environmental, and biological science and engineering. In response to the requests, the three military service research offices collectively received 735 proposals requesting $278 million in support for research equipment. The most meritorious proposals were selected to receive support.
The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program awards will range from $40,000 to $1.1 million, and average approximately $268,000 per award.
The list of winning proposers may be obtained at http://www.defense.gov/pubs/DURIP_winners_list_2014_news_release.pdf.