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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 487-04
May 20, 2004

DoD Awards Grants to Minority Institutions

The Department of Defense announced today plans to award 25 grants totaling $6.5 million to 21 minority institutions. These grants represent the final phase of the fiscal 2004 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Infrastructure Support Program. The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these institutions 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 and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The solicitation resulted in 233 proposals in response to a broad agency announcement issued in September 2003.

The Army Research Office plans to award 12 equipment grants (ranging from $50,000 to $200,000) and 13 research grants (ranging from $300,000 to $500,000) with performance periods of 12- and 15- months respectively.

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

The list of recipients is available on line at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2004/d20040520ins.pdf