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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 654-03
September 04, 2003

DoD Selects Hispanic Serving Institutions for Grants

     The Department of Defense announced today plans to award instrumentation and research grants totaling $4.67 million to 17 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). These grants will be made under the fiscal 2003 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Infrastructure Support Program. The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these HSIs in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.

     This announcement is the result of merit competition for infrastructure support funding conducted for the Office of Defense Research and Engineering by the Army Research Office. The fiscal 2003 HSIs program solicitation received 23 proposals in response to a broad agency announcement issued in March 2003. The Army Research Office plans to award 17 equipment grants ranging from $108,000 to $400,000 and will have a 12-month performance period.

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

     The list of recipients is available on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2003/d20030904hsi.pdf.

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