The Department of Defense today announced plans to award
$9.3 million in FY96 and up to $19 million per year over three
years to 22 academic institutions to conduct multidisciplinary
research in 18 topic areas of basic science and engineering.
These grants may be extended an additional two years as progress
warrants. The awards are to be made under the FY96 DoD
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program (MURI),
a program designed to address large multidisciplinary topic areas
which represent exceptional opportunities for future DoD
applications, as well as forecast DoD needs.
Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between
DoD and the academic institutions, the 22 awards will provide
long-term support for research, graduate students, and purchase
of equipment that support specific science and engineering
research themes important to national defense.
The average funding per award will be $3 million, spent over
a three-year period, (funded incrementally or as options) with
two additional years possible as options to bring the total award
to a possible five years, subject to the availability of
appropriations. The yearly expenditures will be approximately $1
million per year.
Today's announcement is the result of a seven-month
competition under the DoD MURI program. The competition for the
awards drew 457 white papers, from which 102 full proposals were
encouraged. One hundred and twelve full proposals were submitted
for the final competition phase, and 22 of those were found to be
suitable for funding.
Attached is a list of awards.