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Release No: 222-95
April 26, 1995


The Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) today announced its plans for the revised FY95 Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP) competition.

The competition will start on May 12, 1995, with the publication of the formal solicitation, and proposals will be due June 29,1995. Instead of the previously planned 13 Technology Development focus areas, the new competition will accept proposals in eight areas. In addition, the competition for two categories of projects, Manufacturing Education and Training and Regional Technology Alliances, has been canceled, and no proposals will be accepted for these types of projects. A total of $160 million is available for the revised competition; of this $10 million is available to small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research program. The names of those proposals selected for funding will be announced in September.

The eight technology focus areas are:

- Affordable Advanced Controls - Affordable Polymer Matrix Composites - Biological Sensors and Multiorgan - Digital Wireless Communications - Operations Other Than War - Small Precision Optics Manufacturing - Microelectromechanical System - Other

The FY 1995 competition was revised to reflect the reduced FY 1995 funding availability following the passage of the Defense Emergency Supplemental Appropriation Act.

ARPA's TRP Director Lee Buchanan note, "The basic principle in restructing the FY 1995 competition was to concentrate on areas with the most potential to produce direct, immediate benefits to the Department of Defense. I know that the delay and reshaping of this competition has been frustrating and disappointing to many people but I want to encourage everyone with strong concepts in the remaining portions of the competition to propose. We are now back on track to continue the important work we began two years ago."

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