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Release No: 217-95
April 21, 1995


The Department of Defense today announced plans to award $31 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 148 awards were given to 71 academic institutions. Individual institutions received 146 awards, which are expected to range from $50,000 to $690,000 and average $185,000. Two additional awards to consortia are expected to range from $1-3 million. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions.

The awards are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to augment current university capabilities or develop new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. Specifically, the DURIP awards enable university researchers to purchase scientific equipment costing more than $50,000. The researchers normally would have difficulty purchasing these expensive instruments under their research contracts and grants.

Today's announcement is the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by five DoD research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Innovative Science and Technology Office of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. The five offices solicited proposals from university researchers working in sixteen selected areas of importance to the DoD:

Characterization of Structural Materials in Severe Environments Processing and Characterization of Nano-Modulated Ceramic Coating Measurement and Control of Optical Phase Materials Characterization and Process Control Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sensors Visual Attention and Cognitive Processing Real-Time, In-Situ Semiconductor Growth Characterization Wavelength-Division- Multiplexing for Optical Network Testbeds Contaminant Mass Transfer and Reactions in Soils and Sediments

In-Situ Characterization of Electrochemical Devices Wireless Communications, Multi-Media Networks, and Highs-Speed/High-Capacity Interconnections Phenomena in the Molecular and/or Nanoscale Regimes High Strain Rate Phenomena Biomolecular and Biomimetic Processing for Affordability Optoelectronic Devices and Optical Network Characterization Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere

Media may obtain the list of winning proposers from the Directorate of Defense Information, room 2E765, Pentagon or by calling (703) 695-0192. Other requesters should contact (703) 697-5737.

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