Director of Defense Research and Engineering Anita Jonestoday announced plans to award $20.7 million to academicinstitutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation.The 131 awards to 74 academic institutions are expected to rangefrom $44,000 to $570,000 and average $158,000.
All awards aresubject to the successful completion of negotiations betweenDepartment of Defense research offices and the academicinstitutions.
The awards are being made under the Defense UniversityResearch Instrumentation Program (DURIP).
The DURIP supports thepurchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments currentuniversity capabilities or develops new university capabilitiesto perform cutting-edge defense research.
The DURIP meets acritical need, by enabling DoD-supported university researchersto purchase scientific equipment that costs more than $50,000.The researchers normally have difficulty purchasing instrumentsthat cost that much, under their research contracts and grants.
Today's announcement is the result of a merit competitionfor DURIP funding conducted by five research offices: the ArmyResearch Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office ofScientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,and Science and Technology Directorate of the Ballistic MissileDefense Organization.
The offices solicited proposals fromuniversity researchers working in selected areas of importance tothe DoD, such as: Lasers, Nonlinear Optical Materials, and Optical Networks Nanoelectronics High-power Microwaves Neural Networks Advanced Materials (e.g., bioengineered and biomimetic
materials; thin films; and superhard, ultrastrong,
lightweight materials) Structural Integrity and Reliability Properties and Behavior of Snow, Ice, and Frozen Ground Oceanography and Study of the Marine Atmosphere
In response to the solicitation, the research officesreceived more than 525 proposals requesting more than$150 million in support for research equipment.
The names of the academic institutions awarded grants is