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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 348-96
June 11, 1996

FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH

The Department of Defense today announced plans to award $18.63 million of Fiscal Year 1996 funding to 34 academic institutions in 19 states to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. This announcement is the second of competitively selected awards for proposals submitted in response to the FY 1995 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. DEPSCoR is designed to expand research opportunities in states which have traditionally received the least funding per capita in federal support for university research. Fifty-eight scientists were selected, with an average award $321,200.

University scientists in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico were eligible to submit proposals under this competition.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals utilizing a Defense-wide Broad Agency Announcement. The DEPSCoR BAA was sent to the EPSCoR state committees, who selected projects for their state's proposal. In response, 247 projects were submitted requesting nearly $80 million. States averaged three awards, with an average award total of $980,500 per state under the FY 1996 awards. Each award also required a non-federal match of 50 cents for each DoD dollar.

This announcement completes awards under the FY 1995 competition. The first awards for $20 million of FY 1995 funding were announced in DoD News Release # 129-96 dated March 11, 1996.

The list of proposals selected for FY 1996 funding is attached.

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