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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 104-03
March 07, 2003

UNIVERSITIES SELECTED FOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION FUNDING

The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $27 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The awards will be made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The 125 awards to 75 academic institutions are expected to range from about $50,000 to $665,000 and average $215,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions

DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. DURIP meets a critical need by enabling university researchers to purchase scientific equipment costing $50,000 or more to conduct DoD-relevant research. The researchers generally have difficulty purchasing instruments costing that much under their research contracts and grants.

This announcement is the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by four research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Advanced Systems Office of the Missile Defense Agency. Each office requested proposals from university investigators working in areas of importance to DoD, such as information technology, remote sensing, propulsion, electronics and electro-optics, advanced materials, and ocean science and engineering. In response to the requests, the research offices collectively received 949 proposals, requesting $242 million in support for research equipment.

The complete list of winning proposers may be found on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2003/d20030307durip.pdf.