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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 259-01
June 08, 2001

DOD TO AWARD GRANTS TO MINORITY INSTITUTIONS

The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award 80 grants totaling $8.843 million to 66 minority institutions. These grants represent the final phase of the fiscal 2001 DoD Infrastructure Support Program. The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these institutions in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

These 80 awards include 41 grants to historically black colleges and universities and 39 grants to other minority institutions. Among the awardees are 19 Hispanic-serving institutions and three tribal institutions.

The grants were competitively selected from 92 instrumentation and equipment proposals and approximately 150 research proposals submitted to the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in response to a broad agency announcement issued in October 2000. The Services plan to award 56 instrumentation grants ranging from $24,000 to $200,000. Twenty-four research grants will also be made ranging from $177,000 to $1.3 million over a three-year period.

Since 1992 the infrastructure support program has provided over $124 million to minority institutions for program enhancements in science, engineering, and mathematics. Some of the awards will support three-year research projects at historically black colleges and universities and minority institutions. These represent a cumulative three-year funding of over $22.724 million to minority institutions. The program goals include increased participation of minority institutions in defense research and an increase in the number of underrepresented minority graduates in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

Awards will be made only after written agreements are reached between the Department and the institutions.

The list of recipients is available on line at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jun2001/d20010608hbcumi.xls or http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jun2001/d20010608hbcumi.pdf .

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