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Release No: 683-96
December 20, 1996


Director of Defense Research and Engineering Anita Jones, today announced plans to award $44.5 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 273 awards to 105 academic institutions are expected to range from $47,000 to $700,000 and average $163,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between Department of Defense research offices and the academic institutions.

The awards are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. The DURIP meets a critical need, by enabling DoD-supported university researchers to purchase scientific equipment that costs more than $50,000. The researchers normally have difficulty purchasing instruments that cost that much, under their research contracts and grants.

Today's announcement is the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by four research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Science and Technology Directorate of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. The offices solicited proposals from university researchers working in selected areas of importance to the DoD, such as: High-Performance Computing Propulsion Electronics and Electromagnetics (e.g., millimeter-wave

circuits; low-power circuits for mobile power

applications; and high-power and radio-frequency

circuits for directed-energy plasma science) Advanced Materials (e.g., bioengineered or biomimetic

materials; nanoscale assembly; nonequilibrium

processing; and polymers for photonic materials and

chemically resistant, barrier layers)

Virtual-reality and Three-Dimensional Display Systems Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sensors In response to the solicitation, the research offices received more than 500 proposals requesting more than $100 million in support for research equipment.

Media may obtain the list of winning proposers from the Directoriate for Defense Information, room 2E765, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-1400, or by calling (703)695-0192. Others may contact (703)697-5737.

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