The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $15.7 million to 18 academic institutions in 14 states to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Thirty-one projects were competitively selected under the fiscal 2003 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The average award will be approximately $500,000.
DEPSCoR is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received the least funding in federal support for university research. Academic researchers in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, the US Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming 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 Advanced Technology Development Directorate of the Missile Defense Agency solicited proposals using a defense-wide broad agency announcement. The DEPSCoR broad agency announcement was published on the Internet and accessed by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research State Committees, which solicited and selected projects for each state's proposal. In response, 19 proposals consisting of 168 projects were submitted, requesting more than $88 million.
The list of projects selected for fiscal 2003 DEPSCoR can be found on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2003/d20030227award.pdf.