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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 053-01
February 02, 2001

DoD TO AWARD $18.7 MILLION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today plans to award $18.7 million to 29 academic institutions in 18 states, including Puerto Rico, to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Sixty-three projects were competitively selected under the fiscal 2001 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR), which is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received the least funding in federal support for university research. The average award will be approximately $298,000.

University professors in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico were eligible to receive awards under this competition.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (Science and Technology Directorate) solicited proposals using a Defense-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The DEPSCoR BAA was published on the Internet and accessed by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research State Committees, which solicited and selected projects for their state's proposal. In response, 18 proposals consisting of 224 projects were submitted requesting more than $74 million.

The list of projects selected for fiscal 2001 funding may be found on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2001/d20010202depscor.xls or http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2001/d20010202depscor.pdf .

More information on the DoD science and technology partnership with universities may be found on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/ddre/scitech/index.html [Link no longer available.] .