The Department of Defense announced today plans to award $11.5 million to 22 academic institutions in 17 states to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense.
Twenty-five projects were competitively selected under the fiscal 2006 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR), which is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received the least funding in federal support for university research. The average award will be approximately $460,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD and the academic institutions.
Academic researchers in Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming were eligible to receive awards under this competition.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals using a defense-wide broad agency announcement. The announcement was published on the Internet and accessed by the DEPSCoR state committees, which solicited and selected projects for each state's proposal. In response, 21 state proposal packages consisting of 103 projects were submitted, requesting approximately $55 million.
The list of projects selected for fiscal 2006 DEPSCoR funding can be found on the Web at; http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2006/d20060328DEPSCoR.pdf .