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Release No: 078-97
February 19, 1997


Director of Defense Research and Engineering Anita Jones today announced plans to make 353 awards to 112 academic institutions to support graduate student training in science and engineering fields important to national defense. Subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the Department of Defense and the academic institutions, the awards will provide three years of support to 401 students pursuing advanced degrees. Awards are expected to average $135,000 for the three years of support.

The awards are being made under the Augmentation Awards for Science and Engineering Research Training (AASERT) program. The AASERT awards are made to professors who perform research under DoD contracts or grants, and who compete for additional AASERT funding. AASERT awards enable each professor to award graduate research traineeships to one or two U.S. citizens. Each traineeship supports tuition, living expenses, and research expenses (materials, shop services, computer time, etc.) connected with the graduate student's thesis research.

In addition to supporting graduate students, the AASERT awards will involve more than 100 undergraduate students in DoD-sponsored university research. That involvement is designed to stimulate interest in advanced science or engineering studies.

Today's announcement is the result of the Fiscal Year 1997 merit competition for AASERT funding conducted by 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. Those DoD research offices solicited AASERT proposals from university researchers currently performing DoD research, and invited researchers without current DoD support to submit proposals for both DoD research funding and AASERT augmentation. The research offices received more than 1,000 proposals requesting nearly $200 million in support for research training. A list of the winning proposers is attached.

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