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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 957-05
September 21, 2005

DoD Selects Hispanic Serving Institutions for Grants

The Department of Defense announced today plans to award 17 grants totaling $4.4 million to 15 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

These grants will be made under the fiscal 2005 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 2005 HSIs program solicitation received 60 proposals in response to a broad agency announcement issued in April 2005. The Army Research Office plans to award eight instrumentation/equipment grants (ranging from $98,000 to $200,000) and nine research grants (ranging from $188,000 to $485,000) with performance periods of 12 and 36 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 the Web at; http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2005/d20050921HSIs.pdf.